Prem P. Kandel

Ph.D. Student

Entomology and Plant Pathology


2011 M.Sc. Plant Protection. Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Thesis: Culture independent quantification of Bdellovibrio-and-like organisms from a zero discharge aquaculture system.
2008 B.Sc. Agriculture. Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Tribhuvan University, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal.

Current Research:

Conditions promoting recombination in Xylella fastidiosa.

Awards and Fellowships:

  • 2016- Student Travel Award, American Phytopathological Society
  • 2016 – Outstanding Ph.D. student of Department of Plant Pathology, Auburn University
  • 2012 – Travel award for First Pears Foundation Alumni Workship at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2011 – Full scholarship for a summer course at Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Science Engineering (SCELSE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2010 – Scholarship for M.Sc. thesis stream by Pears Foundation, UK
  • 2009 – Johny Fraser Memorial Scholarship for M.Sc. studies in Nutritional Sciences at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2004-2008 – Tribhuvan University Fellowship for undergraduate studies


  • Kandel, P. P., Almeida, R. P., Cobine, A., De La Fuente, L. 2017. Natural competence rates are variable among Xylella fastidiosa strains and homologous recombination occurs in vitro between subspecies fastidiosa and multiplex. Mol Plant Microbe Interact -Accepted for publication with minor revisions.
  • Kandel, P. P., Lopez, S. M., Almeida, R. P. P., and L. De La Fuente. 2016. Natural competence of Xyllela fastidiosa occurs at a high frequency inside microfluidic chambers mimicking the bacterium´s natural habitats. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82(17): 5269-5277.
  • Kandel, P.P., Z. Pasternak, J. van Rijn, O. Nahum, and E. Jurkevitch. 2014. Abundance, diversity and seasonal dynamics of predatory bacteria in aquaculture zero discharge systems. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, published online 12 May 2014.

Selected Abstracts/Talks:

  • 2016: Poster, ‘Xylella fastidiosa isolates differ in their ability to undergo genetic recombination’ at 2016 American Phytopathological Society (APS) Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, USA
  • 2015: Talk, ‘Genetic recombination of Xylella fastidiosa cultured in microfluidic chambers with grape vine sap’ at 2015 APS Southern Division Meeting, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 2014 – Kandel, P.P. and L. De La Fuente. Effect of growth media composition on natural competence of Xylella fastidiosa. Poster: American Phytopathological Society – Canadian Phytopathological Society (APS-CPS) Joint Meeting, Aug 9-13, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • 2012 – Kandel, P.P., J. van Rijn, and E. Jurkevitch. Prospects of the zero discharge system in nutrition and health. Talk: First Pears Foundation Alumni Workshop, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 2011 – Kandel, P.P. and E. Jurkevitch. Bdellovibrio-and-like organisms and biofilms. Talk: First Summer Course on biofilms. SCELSE, Singapore.