Research & Services | Prof. Yona Chen

Chen Yona, HUJI, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences, Soil and Water Sciences


Soil Chemistry


  • The laboratory is active in the field of: Effects of dissolved organic matter (including humic substances) on reaction and transport of heavy metals and other pollutants in the environment; effects of organic matter on soil sustainability; natural organic matter and bacteria as biofertilizers; recycling (composting) of agricultural wastes and their application in agriculture; ¬†suppressiveness of composts to soil borne diseases - alternative to fungicides and bacteriocides; and positive and adverse effects of irrigation with reclaimed wastewaters on soil properties and health.

Research provided

  • Soil analyses using the following instruments:¬† UV-VIS, DRIFT-FTIR and fluorescence spectrophotometers inductively coupled with mass-spectrometer plasma atomic emission spectrophotometer (ICP-AES and ICPMS); CHNSO analyzer; DOC analyzer, anion analyzer; GC/MS, HPLC and LC/MS


  • The laboratory is staffed with highly knowledgeable, skilled researchers using state-of-the-art technologies and equipment

Client record

  • Netafim, Atlantium, Bar Idan, Ministry of Defence

Available equipment

  • Listed above under "Research provided".


  • Yona Chen, PhD, Chief Researcher
  • Tsila Aviad, M.Sc.


Contact for more information:

Itzik Goldwaser
VP, Head of Research Collaborations
Contact ME: