Prof. Dr. Radwan Barakat


Prof. Dr. Radwan Barakat

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Hebron University

Office No.
+972 (2) 2220995
Hebron University, P.O.Box: 40, Hebron, West-Bank, Palestine.


  • PhD., Dept. of plant pathology, College of Agriculture, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA (1992).
  • MSc., Dept. of plant protection, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan (1988).



  • Kaur, S., Barakat, R., Kaur, J., and Epstein, L. 2022. The effect of temperature on disease severity and growth of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Apii races 2 and 4 in celery. Phytopathology, 112: 364-372.
  • Henry, P., Sukhwinder, K., Pham, Q., Barakat, R., Brinker, S., Haensel, H., Daugovish, O. and Epstein, L. 2020. Genomic differences between the new Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. apii (Foa) race 4 on celery, the less virulent Foa races 2 and 3, and the avirulent on celery f. sp. coriandrii. BMC Genomics, 21:730
  • Barakat, R.M. and Al-Masri, M.I. (2017) Effect of Trichoderma harzianum in Combination with Fungicides in Controlling Gray Mould Disease (Botrytis cinerea) of Strawberry. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 8, 651-665. 
  • Ploetz, R., Freeman, S., Konkol, J., Al-Abed, A., Naser, Z., Shalan, K., Barakat, R., and Israeli, Y. 2015. Tropical race 4 of Panama disease in the Middle East. Phytoparasitica, 43:283-293. DOI 10.1007/s12600-015-0470-5. 
  • Al-Masri, M. , Sharawi, S. and Barakat, R. (2015) Effect of Clammy Inula (Inula viscose) Plant Extract in Combination with a Low Dose of the Fungicide Iprodione on Botrytis cinerea in Vitro and in Vivo. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 6, 1519-1526. doi: 10.4236/ajps.2015.69151.
  • Qazzaz, F.O., Al-Masri, M.I., and Barakat, R.M. 2015. Effectiveness of Beauveria bassiana native isolates in the biological control of the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata). Advances in Entomology. 3, 44-55.
  • Barakat, R. M. and Al-Masri, M. I. 2014. Iprodione and a mixture of carbendazim and diethofencarb fungicides resistance in Botrytis cinerea population collected from Palestinian vegetable greenhouses. IUG Journal of Natural and Engineering Studies. 22(1): 1-24.
  • Nassr, S. and Barakat, R. 2013. Effect of factors on condium germination of Botrytis cinerea in vitro. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science. 2(1): 41-54.
  • Ghannam, I., Al-Masri, M., and Barakat, R. 2012. The effect of herbicides on the Egyptian Broomrape (Orobanche aegyptiaca) in tomato fields. American Journal of Plant Sciences. 3, 346-352.
  • Barakat, R. M., and Al-Masri, M. I. 2012. Enhanced soil solarization against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Lycopersici in the uplands. International Journal of Agronomy, doi:10.1155/2012/368654, 7 pages.
  • Kokkelink, L., Minz, A., Al-Masri, M., Ciesbert, S., Barakat, R., Sharon, A., and Tudzynski, P. 2011. The small GTPase BcCdc42 affects nuclear division, germination and virulence of the gray mold fungus Botrytis cinerea. Fungal Genetics and Biology. 48, 1012-1019.
  • Barakat, R. M., and Al-Masri, M. I. 2009. Diseases of protected vegetables in Palestine (In Arabic). Itisam Technical Press, Hebron, Palestine. pp. 259.
  • Iqtiat, I., Al-Masri, M.,  and Barakat, R.  (2009). The potential of native Palestinian  Nomuraea rileyi isolates in the biocontrol of corn earworm Helicoverpa (Heliothis) armigera. Dirasat, Agricultural Sciences, 36(2): 122-132.
  • Barakat, R. M., and Al-Masri, M. I. 2009. Trichoderma harzianum in combination with sheep manure amendment enhances soil suppressiveness of Fusarium wilt of tomato. Phytopathologia Mediterranea. 48, 385-395.
  • Schumacher J, Kokkelink L, Huesmann C, Jimenez-Teja D, Collado I, Barakat R, Tudzynski P, and Tudzynski B (2008) The cAMP-dependent signaling pathway and its role in conidial germination, growth and virulence of the grey mould B. cinerea . Mol Plant-Microbe Interact , 21(11): 1443-1459.
  • Barakat, R. 2008. The effect of Trichoderma harzianum in combination with organic amendment on soil suppressiveness to Rhizoctonia solani. Phytopathologia Mediterranea. 47, 11-19.
  • Ghannam, I, Barakat, R., and Al-Masri, M. 2007. Biological control of Egyptian broomrape (Orobanche aegyptiaca) by using Fusarium spp. Phytopathologia Mediterranea. 46, 177-184.
  • Barakat, R., Al-Mahareeq, F., Ali-Shtayeh, M.S., and Al-Masri, M. 2007. Biological control of Rhizoctonia solani by indigenous Trichoderma spp. Isolates from Palestine. Hebron University Research Journal. 3(1): 1-15.
  • Barakat, R., Al-Mahareeq, F., and Al-Masri, M. 2006. Biological control of Sclerotium rolfsii by using Indigenous Trichoderma spp. Isolates from Palestine. Hebron University Research Journal, 2(2): 27-47.
  • Al-Masri, M.I., Elad, Y., Sharon, A., and Barakat, R. 2006.  Ehylene production by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and influence of exogenously applied hormone and its inhibitor Aminoethoxyvinylglycine on white mold. Crop Protection 25 (4), 356-361.
  • Hardan, K., Al-Masri, M.I., and Barakat, R. 2005. Ethylene production by Botrytis cinerea (causal organism of gray mold disease) and influence of the exogenously applied growth regulators and their inhibitor on disease development. Hebron University Research Journal, 2(1): 55-75.
  • Barakat, R. M. and Al-Masri, M.I. 2005. Biological control of gray mold (Botrytis cinerea) on tomato and bean plants by using local isolates of Trichoderma harzianum. Dirasat, 32 (2): 145-156.
  • Barakat, R. and Al-Masri, M.I. 2004. Effect of plant growth regulators on tomato leaf gray mold.  XIII International Botrytis Symposium, Antalya, Turkey, October 25-31, 2004.
  • Sharon, A., Elad, Y., Barakat, R. and Tudzynski, P. 2004. Phytohormones In Botrytis-Plant Interactions. In: Botrytis: Biology, Pathology and Control (Elad, Y., Williamson, B., Tudzynski, P. and Delen, N., Eds.), pp. 163-179. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Al-Masri, M.I. and Barakat, R. 2003.  Role of the auxin Naphthalene Acetic Acid (NAA) in the pathogenicity of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, causative organism of white mold disease. Hebron University Research Journal, 2: 4-16.
  • Barakat, R. 2002. Control of bean root rot caused by Rhizoctonia solani using Trichoderma harzianum in combination with methyl bromide. Bethlehem University Journal 21:27-37.
  • Chagué, V., Elad, Y., Barakat, R., Tudzynski, P., and Sharon, A. 2002. Ethylene biosynthesis in Botrytis cinerea. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 40:143-149.
  • Al-Masri, M.I., M.S. Ali-Shtayeh, Y. Elad, A. Sharon, P. Tudzynski, and R. Barakat. 2002. Effect of Plant Growth Regulators on white mold (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum) on bean and cucumber. J. Phytopathology 150, 481-487.
  • Barakat, R. 2001. Biotechnology and biosafety in Palestine, In: Developing and Harmonizing Biosafety Regulations for Countries in West Asia and North Africa. International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). pp. 110-114.
  • Barakat, R.M, and Johnson, D.A. 1997. Expansion of cankers caused by Leucostoma cincta on sweet cherry trees. Plant Disease 81:1391-1394.
  • Barakat, R.M, Johnson, D.A., and Grove, G.G. 1995. Factors affecting conidial exudation and survival, and ascospore germination of Leucostoma cincta. Plant Disease 79:1245-1248.
  • Barakat, R.M. 1992. Fruit tree bark borers. Palestinian Agricultural Engineer, published by the Agricultural Engineers Association, Palestine, 2:35-39.
  • Barakat, R.M., Abu-Gharbieh, W.I., and Saleh, H.M. 1987. Comparative effect of different colors of polyethylene tarping on soil-borne pathogens. Workshop “Advances in Agriculture through Plastic House Technology”. Amman, Jordan.

Research Interests

  • Role of phytohormones in the interaction of phytopathogenic fungi and their host plants in cooperation with the University of Müenster in Germany.
  • Plant improvement for resistance to biotic and abiotic stress, using agricultural biotechnology in cooperation with the Max-Planck Institute in Cologne, Germany.
  • Effect of organic amendments on the level of soil suppressiveness to plant diseases: application to integrated control of diseases induced by Fusarium oxysporum and Rhizoctonia solani in cooperation with INRA of Dijon, France.
  • Studying the potential of Trichoderma species native to Palestinian agricultural soil in biocontrol of soilborne plant-pathogenic fungi in cooperation with GEF/SGP of the United Nation Development Program (UNDP/PAPP).
  • Biocontrol of Armyworms with the Entompathogenic Fungi Nomuraea rileyi and Beauveria bassiana in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • Integrated broomrape management in legumes in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • Early stages of pathogenesis in plant pathogenic fungi in cooperation with the University of Müenster in Germany.
  • Molecular interaction between mango and Fusarium mangiferae: Simultaneous analysis of host and pathogen transcriptomes in cooperation with the University of Frankfurt in Germany.
  • Development of novel tools for modulation of multifactorial plant stress tolerance using key regulators of biotic and abiotic signaling in cooperation with the University of Bonn in Germany.

Professional Memberships

  • The American Phytopathological Society 
  • The British Society for Plant Pathology 
  • The International Society of Plant Pathology