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Boaz Yuval

Prof. Boaz Yuval

Head of Department
Morris and Helen Mauerberger Chair in Agricultural Entomology
Phone:+972-(0)8-9489419 | Fax: +972-(0)8-9466768
Behavioral ecology of insects, Insect microbe interactions, Integrated pest management.

Contact Us

The Department of Entomology
The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
P.O Box 12, Rehovot 76100, ISRAEL

Tel: 08-9489223 
Fax: 08-9366768


Book Chapters

Articles and Reviews in Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals

Yuval, B. 2017. Symbiosis: Gut bacteria manipulate host behavior. Current Biology, 27, 746–747. DOI:

Ben-Yosef, M., Zaada, D., Dudaniec, R.Y., Pasternak, Z., Jurkevitch, E., Smith, R.J., Causton, C.E., Lincango, M.P., Tobe, S.S., Mitchell, J.G., Kleindorfer, S., & B. Yuval. 2017. Host-specific associations affect the microbiome of Philornis downsi, an introduced parasite to the Galápagos Islands. Molecular Ecology 26: 4644-4656. doi: 10.1111/mec.14219.

Pavlidi, N., Gioti, A., Wybouw, N., Dermauw, W., Ben-Yosef, M., Yuval, B., Jurkevitch, E., Kampouraki, A., Van Leeuwen, T., & Vontas, J. 2017. Transcriptomic responses of the olive fruit fly Bactrocera oleae and its symbiont Candidatus Erwinia dacicola to olive feeding. Scientific Reports 7:42633. DOI: 10.1038/srep42633

Ben-Yosef, M., Pasternak, Z., Jurkevitch, E., & B. Yuval. Symbiotic bacteria enable olive fly larvae to overcome host defenses. 2015. Royal Society Open Science. 2: 150170. doi:

Gerofotis, C. D., Yuval, B, Ioannou, C., Nakas, C & N. T. Papadopoulos. 2015. Polygyny in the olive fly – effects on male and female fitness. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69: 1323-1332. doi: 10.1007/s00265-015-1945-6.

Ben-Yosef, M., Pasternak, Z., Jurkevitch, E., & B. Yuval. 2014. Symbiotic bacteria enable olive flies (Bactrocera oleae) to exploit intractable sources of nitrogen. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 27: 2695-2705. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12527.

Scolari, F., Yuval, B., Gomulski, L.M., Schetelig, M.F., Gabrieli, P., Wimmer, E.A. Gasperi, G., & A. R. Malacrida. 2014. Polyandry in the medfly - shifts in paternity mediated by sperm stratification and mixing. BMC Genetics 15: 510. doi:10.1186/1471-2156-15-S2-S10

Yuval, B., Sudai,L., & Y. Ziv. 2014. Abundance and diversity of holothuroids in shallow habitats of the Red Sea. Journal of Marine Biology Volume 2014, Article ID 631309,

Yuval, B., Ben-Ami, E., Behar, A., Ben-Yosef, M., E. Jurkevitch. 2013. The Mediterranean fruit fly and its bacteria – potential for improving sterile insect technique operations. Journal of Applied Entomology 137 (Supp. 1) 39-42. (online 20101) DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0418.2010.01555.x

Perez-Staples, D., T.E. Shelly . B. Yuval. 2013. Mating failure and the failure of mating in SIT operations. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata146: 66-78. DOI: 10.1111/j.1570-7458.2012.01312.x

Aharon, Y., Z. Pasternak, M. Ben-Yosef, A. Behar, C. Lauzon, B. Yuval E. Jurkevich. 2013. Phylogenetic, metabolic and taxonomic diversity shape the Mediterranean fruit fly microbiota across ontogeny. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79: 303-313. DOI:10.1128/AEM.02761-12.

R. Pereira, B. Yuval, P. Liedo, P. E. A. Teal, T. E. Shelly, D. O. McInnis J. Hendrichs. 2012. Improving sterile male performance in support of programmes integrating the sterile insect technique against fruit flies. Journal of Applied Entomology 137 (Supp. 1) 178-190. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0418.2011.01664.x.

Yuval, B., Ben-Ami, E., Behar, A., Ben-Yosef, M., E. Jurkevitch. 2012. The Mediterranean fruit fly and its bacteria – potential for improving sterile insect technique operations. Journal of Applied Entomology (in press) (Invited mini-review in special issue).

Gavriel, S. Gazit, Y. Leach, A., Mumford, J. Yuval B. 2012. Spatial patterns of sterile medfly dispersal. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata142: 17- 26.

Kaspi, R., B. Yuval M.P. Parrella. 2011. Anticipated host availability increases parasitoid host attack behavior. Animal Behaviour 82: 1159-1165.

Gavriel, S., Gazit Y., Jurkevitch, E. Yuval B. 2011. Bacterially enriched diet improves sexual performance of sterile male Mediterranean fruit flies. Journal of Applied Entomology. 135: 564-573.

Gliksman, D B. Yuval. 2010. Intromission induces and insemination reduces female immune response in the medfly. Journal of Insect Behavior 23: 149-158.

Ben-Yosef, M., Jurkevitch, E. Aharon, Y Yuval B. 2010. Give us the tools and we will do the job: Symbiotic bacteria affect olive fly fitness in a diet dependent fashion. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences 277: 1545-1552.

Gavriel, S., Gazit, Y., Yuval, B. 2010. Effect of diet on survival, in the laboratory and the field, of sterile male Mediterranean fruit flies. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 135: 96-104.

Ben-Ami, E., B. Yuval E. Jurkevitch. 2010. Manipulation of the microbiota of mass-reared Mediterranean fruit flies Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae) improves sterile male sexual performance. The ISME Journal 4: 28-37.

Gavriel, S., Gazit, Y., Yuval, B. 2009. Remating by female Mediterranean fruit flies (Ceratitis capitata, Diptera: Tephritidae): temporal patterns and modulation by male condition. Journal of Insect Physiology 55: 637-642.

Ben-Yosef, M., Jurkevitch, E. Yuval B. 2008. Bacteria-diet interactions affect longevity in the medfly - Ceratitis capitata. Journal of Applied Entomology 132: 690-694.

Behar, A., B. Yuval E. Jurkevitch. 2008. Community structure of the Mediterranean fruit fly microbiota: Seasonal and spatial sources of variation. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution 54: 181-192.

Behar, A., B. Yuval E. Jurkevitch. 2008. Gut bacterial communities in the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) and their impact on host longevity. Journal of Insect Physiology, 54: 1377-1383.

Ben-Yosef, M., Jurkevitch, E. Yuval B. 2008. Effect of bacteria on nutritional status and reproductive success of the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata. Physiological Entomology, 33, 145-154.

Behar, A., E. Jurkevitch B. Yuval. 2008. Bringing back the fruit to fruit fly-bacteria interactions. Molecular Ecology, 17, 1375-1386.

Yuval, B., M. Maor, K. Levy, R Kaspi, P Taylor and T.E. Shelly. 2007. Breakfast of champions or kiss of death - survival and sexual performance of protein fed sterile Mediterranean fruit flies. Florida Entomologist 90: 115-122.

Yuval, B. Mating systems of blood feeding flies. 2006. Annual Review of Entomology 51: 413-440.

Bonizzoni, M., Gomulski, L. M., Mossinson, S., Guglielmino, C. R., Malacrida, A. R., Yuval, B. Gasperi, G. 2006. Is polyandry a common event among wild populations of the pest Ceratitis capitata? Journal of Economic Entomology, 99, 1420-1429.

Behar, A., B. Yuval E. Jurkevitch. 2005. Enterobacterial mediated nitrogen fixation in natural populations of Ceratitis capitata, the Mediterranean fruit fly. Molecular Ecology, 14: 2637-2643.

Twig, E. B.Yuval. 2005. Function of multiple sperm storage organs in female Mediterranean fruit flies (Ceratitis capitata, Diptera: Tephritidae). Journal of Insect Physiology 51: 67-74.

Levy, K., T.E. Shelly and B. Yuval. 2005. Effects of the olfactory environment and nutrition on the ability of male Mediterranean fruit flies to endure starvation. Journal of Economic Entomology 98: 61-65.

Coll, M. B. Yuval. 2004. Larval food-plants affect flight and reproduction in an oligophagous insect herbivore. Environmental Entomology 33: 1471-1476.

Maor, M. S. Shloush, B. Kamenski and B.Yuval. 2004. Effects of post teneral diet on foraging success of sterile male Mediterranean fruit flies. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 110: 225-230.

Mossinson, S. and B. Yuval. 2003. Regulation of sexual receptivity of female Mediterranean fruit flies: old hypotheses revisited and a new synthesis proposed. Journal of Insect Physiology 49: 561-567.

Uziel, A., K. Levy and B. Yuval. 2003. Infection of Ceratitis capitata(Diptera: Tephritidae) by two species of the Entomophthora muscae complex (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales) in the field. Phytoparasitica31: 204-206.

Raghu, S., A.R. Clarke B. Yuval. 2002. Physiological consequences of feeding on methyl eugenol by Bactrocera cacuminata (Diptera: Tephritidae) Environmental Entomology 31: 941-946.

Field, S.A. R. Kaspi B. Yuval. 2002. Why do calling medflies cluster? Assessing the empirical evidence for models of medfly lek evolution.Florida Entomologist 85: 63-72. (invited review in special issue)

Yuval, B., R. Kaspi, S.A. Field, S. Blay, and P. Taylor. 2002. Effects of post-teneral nutrition on reproductive success of male Mediterranean fruit flies. Florida Entomologist 85: 165-170. (invited review in special issue).

Kaspi, R., S. Mossinson, T. Drezner, B. Kamensky B. Yuval. 2002. Effects of larval diet on development rates and reproductive maturation of male and female Mediterranean fruit flies. Physiological Entomology 27: 29-38.

Kaspi, R., Feitelson, I., Drezner, T. B. Yuval. 2001. A novel method for rearing the progeny of wild Mediterranean fruit flies using artificial fruit. Phytoparasitica 29: 15-

Taylor, P.W., Kaspi, R., Mossinson, S. B. Yuval. 2001. Age-dependent insemination success of sterile Mediterranean fruit flies. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 98:27-33.

Cohen, H. B. Yuval. 2000. Perimeter trapping strategy to reduce Mediterranean fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) damage on different host species in Israel. Journal of Economic Entomology 93: 721-725.

Kaspi, R. B. Yuval. 2000. Post-teneral protein feeding improves sexual competitiveness but reduces longevity of mass reared sterile male Mediterranean fruit flies. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 93: 949-955.

Kaspi R., P.W. Taylor B. Yuval. 2000. Diet and size influence sexual advertisement and copulatory success of males in Mediterranean fruit fly leks. Ecological Entomology 25: 279-284.

Taylor P.W., R. Kaspi B. Yuval. 2000. Copula duration and sperm storage in Mediterranean fruit flies from a wild population. Physiological Entomology 25:94-99.

Field, S.A., Taylor P.W. B. Yuval. 1999. Sources of variability in copula duration of Mediterranean fruit flies. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 92: 271-276.

Blay, S. B. Yuval. 1999. Oviposition and fertility in the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata: effects of male and female body size and the availability of sperm. Annals of the Entomological Society of America92: 278-284.

Taylor P.W. B. Yuval. 1999. Post-copulatory sexual selection in the Mediterranean fruit fly: advantages for large and protein fed males. Animal Behaviour 58: 247-254.

Kaspi, R. B. Yuval. 1999. Mediterranean fruit fly leks: factors affecting male location. Functional Ecology 13: 539-545.

Kaspi, R. B. Yuval. 1999. Lek site selection by male Mediterranean fruit flies. Journal of Insect Behavior 12: 267-276.

Field, S.A. B. Yuval. 1999. Nutritional status affects copula duration in the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata (Insecta, Tephritidae). Ethology, Ecology Evolution 11: 61-70.

Yuval, B., R. Kaspi, S. Shloush M.S. Warburg. 1998. Nutritional reserves regulate male participation in Mediterranean fruit fly leks. Ecological Entomology 23:211-215.

Martinez-Ibarra, J.A, M.H. Rodriguez, J.I. Arredondo-Jimenez B. Yuval. 1997. Influence of plant abundance on nectar feeding by Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) in southern Mexico. Journal of Medical Entomology34:589-593.

Warburg, M.S. B. Yuval. 1997. Effects of energetic reserves on behavioral patterns of Mediterranean fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae). Oecologia112:314-319.

Israely, N., B. Yuval, U. Kitron D. Nestel. 1997. Population fluctuations of adult Mediterranean fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) in a Mediterranean heterogeneous agricultural region. Environmental Entomology 26:1263-1269.

Wekesa J.W. , B. Yuval, R.K. Washino A.M. de Vasquez. 1997. Blood feeding patterns of Anopheles freeborni and Culex tarsalis (Diptera: Culicidae): effects of habitat and host abundance. Bulletin of Entomological Research 87:633-641.

Holliday-Hanson, M.L., B. Yuval R.K. Washino. 1997. Energetics and sugar-feeding of field-collected anopheline females. Journal of Vector Ecology22:83-89.

Wekesa J.W. , B. Yuval R.K. Washino. 1997. Multiple blood feeding by Anopheles freeborni and Culex tarsalis (Diptera: Culicidae): spatial and temporal variation. Journal of Medical Entomology 34:219-225.

Warburg, M.S. B. Yuval. 1997. Circadian patterns of feeding and reproductive activities of Mediterranean fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) on various hosts in Israel. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 90:487-495.

Blay, S., B. Yuval. 1997. Nutritional correlates of reproductive success of male Mediterranean fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae). Animal Behaviour54:59-66.

Warburg M.S. B. Yuval. 1996. Effects of diet and activity on lipid levels of adult Mediterranean fruit flies. Physiological Entomology 21:151-158

Yuval B., S. Blay R. Kaspi. 1996. Sperm transfer and storage in the Mediterranean fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 89:486-492.

Wekesa J.W., B. Yuval R.K. Washino. 1996. Spatial distribution of adult mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in habitats associated with the rice agro-ecosystem of northern California. Journal of Medical Entomology33:344-350.

Wekesa J.W., B. Yuval R.K. Washino. 1995. Multiple blood feeding in Anopheles freeborni (Diptera: Culicidae). American Journal of Tropical Medicine Hygiene 52:508-511.

Yuval B. 1994. The vertebrate host as mating encounter site for its ectoparasites: ecological and evolutionary considerations. Bulletin of the Society for Vector Ecology 19:115-120.

Yuval B. G.N. Fritz. 1994. Multiple mating in female mosquitoes- evidence from a field population of Anopheles freeborni. Bulletin of Entomological Research 84:137-140.

Yuval B., M.L. Holliday-Hanson R.K. Washino. 1994. Energy budget of swarming male mosquitoes. Ecological Entomology 19:74-78.

Villarreal C., G. Fuentes Maldonado, M.H. Rodriguez B. Yuval. 1994. Low rates of multiple fertilization in parous Anopheles albimanus. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 10:67-69.

Yuval B., J.W. Wekesa R.K. Washino. 1993. Effect of body size on swarming behavior and mating success of male Anopheles freeborni (Diptera: Culicidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 6:333-342.

Yuval B., J.W. Wekesa, D. Lemenager, E.E. Kauffman R.K. Washino. 1993. Seasonal variation in body size of mosquitoes in a rice culture agro-ecosystem. Environmental Entomology 22:459-463.

Yuval B. A. Bouskila. 1993. Temporal dynamics of mating and predation in mosquito swarms. Oecologia 95:65-69.

Yuval B. 1992. The other habit- sugar feeding by mosquitoes. Bulletin of the Society for Vector Ecology 17:150-156.

Yuval B. 1991. Leishmania- sandfly interactions: an empirical field study.Journal of Parasitology 77:331-333.

Yuval B. 1991. Populations of Phlebotomus papatasi (Diptera: Psychodidae) and risk of Leishmania major transmission in three Jordan Valley habitats. Journal of Medical Entomology 28:492-495.

Yuval B., R.D. Deblinger A. Spielman. 1990. Mating behavior of male deer ticks Ixodes dammini (Acari: Ixodidae). Journal of Insect Behavior3:765-772.

Yuval B. A. Spielman. 1990. Duration and regulation of the developmental cycle of Ixodes dammini (Acari: Ixodidae). Journal of Medical Entomology 27:196-201.

Yuval B. A. Spielman. 1990. Sperm precedence in Ixodes dammini.Physiological Entomology 15:123-128.

Schlein Y., B. Yuval R.L. Jacobson. 1989. Differential attraction of dispersing and non-dispersing Phlebotomus papatasi (Diptera: Psychodidae) to manure and water. Journal of Medical Entomology 26:411-413.

Yuval B. A. Warburg. 1989. Susceptibility of adult phlebotomine sandflies (Diptera: Psychodidae) to Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 83:195-196.

Yuval B., A. Warburg Y. Schlein. 1988. Dispersal characteristics of the sandfly Phlebotomus papatasi. Medical and Veterinary Entomology2:391-395.

Yuval B. Y. Schlein. 1987. Age determination of Phlebotomus papatasi by detection of post-metamorphic growth lines. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 87:166-167.

Yuval B. R. Galun. 1987. Aspects of compound conditioning to gustatory stimuli in the house fly Musca domestica L. Journal of Insect Physiology33:159-165.

Schlein Y. B. Yuval. 1987. Attraction of Phlebotomus papatasi to plants in the field. Journal of Medical Entomology 24:87-90.

Yuval B. Y. Schlein. 1986. Evidence for polygamy in female Phlebotomus papatasi Scopoli. Annales du Parasitologie Humaine et Compare 61:693-694.

Schlein Y., A. Warburg B. Yuval. 1986. Phytophagy and bacterial infections in sandflies (Psychodidae). Insect Science and its Applications 7:231-234.

Yuval B. Y. Schlein. 1986. Nocturnal activity of Phlebotomus papatasi(Diptera: Psychodidae) in relation to nutrition and ovarian development.Journal of Medical Entomology 23:411-415.

Schlein Y., I. Polaceck B. Yuval. 1985. Mycoses, bacterial infections and antibacterial activity in sandflies (Psychodidae) and their possible role in the transmission of leishmaniasis. Parasitology 90:57-66.   

Schlein Y., B. Yuval A. Warburg. 1984. Aggregation pheromone released from the palps of feeding female Phlebotomus papatasi (Psychodidae). Journal of Insect Physiology 30:153-156.

Book Chapters

Behar, A., Ben-Yosef, M., Lauzon, C.R., Yuval, B. Jurkevich, E. 2009. Structure and Function of the Bacterial Community Associated with the Mediterranean Fruit Fly. In: Insect Symbiosis, Vol. 3. (eds K. Bourtzis T. Miller). pp. 251-271. CRC, Boca Raton.

Bonizzoni, M., Gomulski, L.M., Scolari, F. B., Guglielmino, C.R., Yuval, B., Gasperi, G., Malacrida, A.R. 2007. Unfaithful Mediterranean Fruit Fly Ceratitis capitata Females: Impact on the SIT? In: Area-wide control of insect pests. From research to field implementation (eds M. Vreysen, A.S. Robinson J. Hendrichs), pp. 175-182. Springer, Berlin.

Drew, R.A.I., B. Yuval. 2000. Evolution of fruit fly feeding behavior. pp. 731-750. In: Fruit Flies (Tephritidae): Phylogeny and Evolution of Behavior. (Aluja, M. A. Norrbom, eds), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fl..

Yuval, B., J. Hendrichs. 2000. Behavior of flies in the genus Ceratitis. pp. 429-456. In: Fruit Flies (Tephritidae): Phylogeny and Evolution of Behavior. (Aluja, M. A. Norrbom, eds), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

Garifallou A., M. Hadziandoniou, L.F Schnur, B. Yuval, A.Warburg, R.L Jacobson E. Pateraki, M. Patrikoussis, Y. Schlein C. Serie. 1989. Epidemiology of human and canine leishmaniasis on the island of Zakinthos. In: Leishmaniasis. The current status and new strategies for control. (Hart D.T., ed.) pp. 1011-1015. Plenum, New York.