Our Research

The rumen harbors a vast microbial community composed of all the domains of life; Bacteria, Archaea, and


Our aim is to uncover the nature of the interactions between those different microbial domains, with a particular focus on the relationship between the prokaryotic microorganisms in the rumen and ciliate protozoa community.


Lab News


Come take a look at our preprint showing the effect of predatory ciliate protozoa on the rumen prokaryotic community!

July 2020

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Lab Members


Elie Jami

Principal Investigator

Published Work

Rumen protozoa: from background actors to featured role in microbiome research. 
Ronnie Solomon and Elie Jami

Environmental Microbiology Reports (2020)

Rumen protozoa shape microbiome composition and metabolic output of fermentation.

Ronnie Solomon, Tanita Wein, Bar Levy, Veronica Reiss, Tamar Zehavi, Ori Furman, Elie Jami (2020)  

Biorxiv doi:https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.15.080218

Currency, Exchange, and Inheritance in the Evolution of Symbiosis

Tanita Wein, Devani Romero Picazo, Frances Blow, Christian Woehle, Elie Jami, Thorsten BH Reusch, William F Martin, Tal Dagan

Trends in microbiology, June 2019

Frontiers in Microbiology, October  2018

ANIMAL, August 2018

Effect of silage inoculants on the quality of baled whole‐crop wheat silages and milking cow performance

Yehoshav A. Ben‐Meir, Elie Jami , Yuri Portnik, Shamay Ya'acoby, Yaira Chen , Ibukun M. Ogunade, Adegbola T. Adesogan, Zwi G. Weinberg

Grassland Science, April 2018

Environmental Microbiology, June 2017

Effects of including NaOH-treated corn straw as a substitute for wheat hay in the ration of lactating cows on performance, digestibility, and rumen microbial profile

Elie JamiNaama ShterzerEdith YosefMoshe NikbachatJoshua MironItzhak Mizrahi

Journal of Dairy Science, April 2014

Pathogens, April 2014

PLOS ONE, January 2014

Exploring the bovine rumen bacterial community from birth to adulthood

Elie Jami, Adi Israel, Assaf Kotser, Itzhak Mizrahi

The ISME Journal, February 2013

Journal of Dairy Science, October 2012

Anaerobe, April 2012

PLOS ONE, March 2012

Insights into the bovine rumen plasmidome

Aya Brown Kav, Goor Sasson, Elie Jami, Adi Doron-Faigenboim, Itai Benhar, Itzhak Mizrahi

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, April 2012

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Contact Us

Jami Lab, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center
68 Derech HaMaccabim
Rishon LeZion


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