Salam Y J Abu-Zaitoun


Job Title
Research Assistant
Phone Number
Address of Residence
Yasid Village, Nablus, Palestine
Foreign languages
  • Development of aromatic plant production systems tolerant to irrigation with treated effluents. 
  • New resources to control melon Fusarium wilt in the Middle East. 
  • Flora Palaestina; conserving the plants, preserving the knowledge. 
  • Improve wheat production under climate changes in the Middle East region. 


As researcher at Biodiversity & Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI), I am involved in the development and implementation of a new science approach for BERC, to focus and improve its Palestine-leading science and preservation effort, support its position as a universal resource for plant and genetic knowledge.

Research has been focused on

Medicinal Plants & Ethnobotany; Plant Ecology and Conservation Biology; Plant Molecular Biology & Biocontrol Science ; Epigenetics; Genomics;  Phytopathology & Biocontrol Science; Medical Mycology: Dermatophytoses, Candidiasis; Environmental  Health; essential oil research.


Qualifications, Appointments, and Honors
  • B.Sc. Biology Biotechnology, (2010). An-Najah Univ, Dept Biology and Biotechnology, Nablus, Palestine.  
  • MSc. Biological Sciences, (2014). An-Najah Univ, Dept Biology and Biotechnology, Nablus, Palestine.
  • 2010-now Research assistant, Biodiversity and Biotechnology Research Unit, Biodiversity & Environmental Research Center (BERC), Til, Nablus, Palestine.
Selected Publications
  • Abu-Zaitoun S. Y., Chandrasekhar K., Assili S., Shtaya M. J., Jamous R. M., Mallah O. B., Nashef K., Sela H., Distelfeld A., Alhajaj N., Ali-Shtayeh M. S., Peleg Z. and Ben-David R. Unlocking the Genetic diversity within a Middle-East panel of Durum wheat landraces for adaptation to semi-arid climate. Agronomy 2018, 8, 233; doi:10.3390/agronomy8100233 
  • Abu-Zaitoun S. Y., Jamous R. M., Shtaya M. J., Mallah O.B., Eid I. S., Ali-Shtayeh M. S.,: Characterizing Palestinian snake melon (Cucumis melo var. flexuosus) germplasm diversity and Structure using SNP and DArTseq markers. BMC Plant Biology 10/2018; 18(1).DOI:10.1186/s12870-018-1475-2.
  • Ali-Shtayeh M. S., Jamous R. M., Abu-Zaitoun S. Y., Akkawi R. J., Kalbouneh S. R., Bernstein N., Dudai N. Chemical profile and bioactive properties of the essential oil isolated from Clinopodium serpyllifolium (M.Bieb.) Kuntze growing in Palestine. Industrial Crops & Products 124 (2018) 617–625.
  • Ali-Shtayeh M. S., Jamous R. M., Abu-Zaitoun S. Y., Akkawi R. J., Kalbouneh S. R., Dudai N., Bernstein N. Secondary treated effluent irrigation did not impact chemical composition, and enzyme inhibition activities of essential oils from Origanum syriacum var. syriacum. Industrial Crops & Products 111 (2018) pp. 775-786.
  • Jamous R.M., Abu-Zaitoun S. Y.,Akkawi R.J, Ali-Shtayeh M.S. (2018): Antiobesity and Antioxidant Potentials of Selected Palestinian Medicinal Plants. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative MedicineDOI: 10.1155/2018/8426752
  • Jamous R.M., Ali-Shtayeh M.S., Abu-Zaitoun S. Y., Markovics A, Azaizeh H (2017): Effects of selected Palestinian plants on the in vitro exsheathment of the third stage larvae of gastrointestinal nematodes. BMC Veterinary Research 12/2017; 13(1)., DOI:10.1186/s12917-017-1237-7
  • Ali-Shtayeh, M.S., Jamous, R.M., Shtaya, M.J., Mallah, O.B., Eid, I.S., Abu Zaitoun, S.Y. Morphological characterization of snake melon (Cucumis melo var. flexuosus) populations from Palestine. Genet Resour Crop Evol (2017) 64: 7-22. doi:10.1007/s10722-015-0329-0
  • Ali-Shtayeh M. S.,  R. M. Jamous, N. H. A. Alothman, M.H. Abu Baker, S. Abu Zaitoun, O. B. Y. Mallah (2015).  Genotyping and antifungal susceptibility of Candida albicans strains from patients with vulvovaginal and cutaneous candidiasis in Palestine. African Journal of Microbiology Research 9(13):952-959
  • Ali-Shtayeh, M.S., Jamous, Rana M., Hussein, Eman Y., Mallah, Omar B.,Abu-Zaitoun, salam y. (2013). Squash leaf curl virus (SLCV): a serious disease threatening cucurbits production in Palestine. Virus Genes; 48:320-328.  DOI:10.1007/s11262-013-1012-1.