The Agricultural Research Organisation Of Israel - The Volcani Centre


The Agricultural research organization (ARO) is a national research center focusing on agricultural research and is part of the ministry of agriculture. Within the facility, ARO has a state-of-the-art metabolic farm in which the cattle are constantly monitored using GPS trackers in addition to a dedicated team of workers and animal technicians.

Competence and main role(s) in the project

ARO’s contribution is focused on WP2 tasks 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 i.e., the longitudinal sampling of Holstein Frisian cattle across several body sites in order to characterize the microbial communities and assess its association to phenotypic features of the cow.

Project staff

Elie Jami
Elie Jami - Principal investigator with a 10 years’ experience in the field of microbial ecology and rumen microbiology. Elie Jami has the appropriate authorizations to perform the experimental work proposed in the proposal by the regulating authority.
Elie Jami
Ido Toyber
Ido Toyber – MSc student and communication with the farm. Ido is finishing his master, will start his PhD, and is responsible for the sampling and communication with the farm. He has extensive experience working with cattle and sheep, as he was a farmer for an extended period prior to his studies. Ido has all the authorizations required to perform the experiment.
Ido Toyber
Hadar Kemer
Hadar is the manager of the experimental farm, responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the farm as well as the allocation of the animals to their respective experiments. Hadar is working with us closely to update us on birth and health status of the cows.
hadar kemer ARO
Svetlana Rubinshteyn
Svetlana is responsible for the calves until before weaning and is actively involved in sampling and communicating with the lab of any changes or event related to the animals enrolled in the experiment.
Maya Ross
Maya is ARO's resident veterinarian responsible for the training of the team working with the animals as well as the monitoring of health status of the animals throughout the experiment.
Maya Ross 2