Postharvest head researcher.

1969 – 1972 B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Tel Aviv, Israel
1972 – 1978 M.Sc./Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Department of Membrane Research, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
Thesis title: Modulations of Lipid Fluidity and Exposure of Proteins in the Erythrocyte Membrane.
Supervision by: Prof. Meir Shinitzky.
1979 – 1982 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Physics Department, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, Ca, USA.

Research and Academic Appointments:

1983 – 1986 Research Physicist at the Physics Department, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, Ca, USA.

1986 – 1996 Research Scientist, Heading Plant Physiology Research, Southern Arava R&D, Hevel Eilot, Israel.

1996 to present Research Scientist, Heading Postharvest Research, Southern Arava R&D, Hevel Eilot, Israel.

1992 – 1993 Visiting professor at the Botany Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl, USA .

2001 Visiting professor at the School of Agriculture & Horticulture, University of Queensland, Gatton, Queensland, Australia.

2010-2011 Visiting research scholar at the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA


  •  H. Borochov and M. Shinitzky (1976)
    “Vertical displacement of membrane proteins mediated by changes in membrane viscosity.”
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 73: 4526-4530.
  •  H. Borochov, P. Zahler, W. Wilbrandt and M. Shinitzky (1977)
    “The effect of phosphatidylcholine to sphingomyelin mole ratio on the dynamic properties of sheep erythrocyte membranes.”
    Biochim. Biophys. Acta 470: 382-388.
  •  A. Borochov, A.H. Halevy, H. Borochov and M. Shinitzky (1978)
    “Micro-viscosity of plasmalemma in rose petals as affected by age and environmental factors.” Plant Physiol. 61: 812-815.
  •  H. Borochov, R.E. Abbott, D. Schachter and M. Shinitzky (1979)
    “Modulation of erythrocyte membrane proteins by membrane cholesterol and lipid fluidity.”
    Biochemistry 18: 251-255.
  •  A. Borochov and H. Borochov (1979)
    “Increase in membrane fluidity in liposomes and plant protoplasts upon osmotic swelling.”
    Biochim. Biophys. Acta 550: 546-549.
  •  H. Borochov, M. Shinitzky and Y. Barenholz (1979)
    “Sphingomyelin phase transition in the sheep erythrocyte membrane.”
    Cell Biophys. 1: 219-228.
  •  M. Shinitzky, H. Borochov and W. Wilbrandt (1980)
    “Lipid fluidity as a physiological regulator of membrane transport and enzyme activities.”
    in MEMBRANE TRANSPORT IN ERYTHROCYTES, Alferd Benzon Symposium 14, (U.V. Lassen, H.H. Ussing and J.O. Wieth, eds.) pp 91-102, Munksgaard, Copenhagen.
  •  H. Borochov-Neori and M. Montal (1983)
    “Rhodopsin in reconstituted phospholipid vesicles. I. Structural parameters and light induced conformational changes detected by resonance energy transfer and fluorescence quenching.”
    Biochemistry 22: 197-205.
  •  H. Borochov-Neori, P.A.G. Fortes and M. Montal (1983)
    “Rhodopsin in reconstituted phospholipid vesicles. II. Rhodopsin-rhodopsin interactions detected by resonance energy transfer.”
    Biochemistry 22: 206-213.
  •  H. Borochov-Neori, E. Yavin and M. Montal (1984)
    “Tetanus toxin forms channels in planar lipid bilayers containing gangliosides.”
    Biophys. J. 45: 83-85.
  •  H. Borochov-Neori and M. Montal (1989)
    “Rhodopsin – G-protein interactions monitored by resonance energy transfer measurements.”
    Biochemistry 28: 1711-1718.
  •  A. Borochov, A. Drori, T. Tirosh, H. Borochov-Neori and S. Mayak (1990)
    “Quantitative and qualitative changes in membrane proteins during petal senescence.”
    J. Plant Physiol. 136: 203-207.
  •  H. Borochov-Neori and A. Borochov (1991)
    “Response of melon plants to salt: 1. Growth, morphology and root membrane properties.”
    J. Plant Physiol. 139: 100-105.
  •  H. Borochov-Neori and U. Shani (1995)
    “Response of melon plants to salt: 2. Modulation by root growth temperature – the role of root membrane properties.”
    J. Plant Physiol. 145: 545-550.
  • H. Borochov-Neori, E. Gindin and A. Borochov (1997)
    “Response of melon plants to salt: 3. Modulation of GTP-binding proteins in root membranes.”
    J. Plant Physiol. 150: 355-361.
  •  I. Shomer, H. Borochov-Neori, B. Luzki and U. Marin (1998)
    “Morphological, structural and membrane changes in frozen tissues of Madjhoul date (Phoenix dactilifera L.) fruits.”
    Postharvest Biol. Technol. 14: 207-215.
  •  H. Borochov-Neori and I. Shomer (2001)
    “Prolonging the shelf life of fresh-cut melons by high salt and calcium irrigation during plant growth and fruit development.”
    Acta Hort. 553: 85-87.
  •  E. Palevsky, H. Borochov-Neori, U. Gerson (2005)
    “Population dynamics of Oligonychus afrasiaticus in the southern Arava Valley of Israel in relation to date fruit characteristics and climatic conditions.”
    Agric. Forest Ent. 7: 283-290.
  •  H. Borochov-Neori, S. Judeinstein, E. Tripler, M. Harari, A. Greenberg, I. Shomer and D. Holland (2008)
    “Seasonal and cultivar variations in antioxidant content and sensory quality traits of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) fruit.”
    J. Food Comp. Anal. 22: 189-195
  •  H. Borochov-Neori, S. Judeinstein, A.Greenberg, B. Fuhrman, J. Attias, N. Volkova, T. Hayek, M. Aviram (2008)
    “Phenolic antioxidants and anti–atherogenic effects of marula (Sclerocarrya birrea subsp. caffra) fruit juice in healthy humans.”
    J. Agric. Food Chem. 56: 9884–9891
  •  A. Ben-Gal, H. Borochov-Neori, U. Yermiyahu and U. Shani (2008)
    “Is osmotic potential a more appropriate property than electrical conductivity for evaluating whole-plant response to salinity?”
    Environ. Exp. Bot., 65: 232-237
  •  W. Rock, M. Rosenblat, H. Borochov-Neori, N. Volkova, S. Judeinstein, M. Elias, M. Aviram (2009)
    “Effects of Date (Phoenix dactylifera L., Medjool or Hallawi Variety) Consumption by Healthy Subjects on Serum Glucose and Lipid Levels and on Serum Oxidative Status: A Pilot Study.”
    J. Agric. Food Chem. 57: 8010–8017
  •  E. Schwartz, R. Zulker, I. Glazer, I. Bar-Ya’akov, Z. Wiesman, E. Tripler, I. Bar-Ilan, H. Fromm, H. Borochov-Neori, D. Holland, R. Amir (2009)
    “Environmental conditions affect the color, taste and antioxidant capacity of 11 pomegranate accessions fruits.”
    J. Agric. Food Chem. 57: 9197-9209
  •  Bar-Ya’akov I., Hatib K., Nadler-Hasar T., Ben-Simhon Z., Trainin T., Borochov-Neori H. and Holland D. (2009).
    “Breeding for improved cultivars using molecular knowledge on diversity in pomegranate.”
    In: A.N Mokashi, D.P. Biradar, A.K. Rokhade, M.K. Sheikh, S. Lingaraju, R.A. Balikal, R.V. Hegde, C.K. Venugopal (eds.) Souvenir & Abstracts, 2nd International Symposium on Pomegranate and Minor including Mediterranean Fruits, ISHS, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka, India, June 23-27, p 70.
  •  H. Borochov-Neori, B. Lutzki, S. Judeinstein, I. Shomer (2010)
    “Seasonal variations in cell membrane properties and long-term quality preservation of semi-dry ‘medjool’ date fruit.”
    Acta Hort. (ISHS) 877: 195-200.
  • H. Borochov-Neori, S. Judeinstein, M. Harari, I. Bar-Ya’akov, B. S. Patil, S. Lurie, D. Holland (2011)
    “Climate Effects on Anthocyanin Accumulation and Composition in the Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) Fruit Arils.”
    J. Agric. Food Chem. 59, 5325–5334.
  •  Z. Ben-Simhon, S. Judeinstein, T. Nadler-Hassar, T. Trainin, I. Bar-Ya’akov, H. Borochov-Neori, D. Holland (2011)
    “A pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) WD40-repeat gene is a functional homologue of Arabidopsis TTG1 and is involved in the regulation of anthocyanin biosynthesis during pomegranate fruit development.”
    Planta, 234, 865-881.
  • H. Borochov-Neori, N. Lazarovitch, S. Judeinstein, B. S. Patil, D. Holland (2012) “Climate and salinity effects on color and health promoting properties in the pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) fruit arils.”
    ACS Symposium Book Series “Tropical and subtropical Fruits”. In Press
  • H. Borochov-Neori, S. Judeinstein,, A. Greenberg, N. Volkova, M. Rosenblat and Michael Aviram (2013)
    “Date (Phoenix dactylifera L.) fruit soluble phenolics composition and anti–atherogenic properties in nine Israeli varieties.”
    J. Agric. Food Chem. doi/abs/10.1021/jf400782v

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