Prof. Baruch Sneh

מנהלת הפקולטה למדעי החיים אמריטוס

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Education

1959-1962       BSc Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot.

1862-1964       MSc in Plant Protection, Vegetables Crops and Floriculture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot.

1966-1970       PhD in Plant Pathology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot.

 

Professional Experience

1970-1971       University of Bristol, Long-Ashton Research Station, UK Post Doc.

1971-1972       Agriculture Canada, Research Station, Summerland, British Columbia, Canada. Research Associate.

1972-1974       Volcani Center, Agricultural Research Organization, Bet-Dagan, Israel. Plant Pathologist. Plant Pathologist.

1974-1976       Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. Research Associate.

1976-1983       Department of Botany, and Institute for Nature Conservation Research, Tel-Aviv University. Senior Lecturer

1982-1983       Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado, USA. Visiting Professor, Sabbatical,

1984-1991       Department of Botany and Institute for Nature Conservation Research, Tel-Aviv University Associate Professor.

1988                Hokkaido, University, Sapporo, Japan. Visiting professor (Summer).

1989-1990       EcoScience Corporation, Massachusetts, USA. Visiting Professor, Sabbatical

1992-2007       Department of Plant Sciences and Institute for Nature Conservation Research, Tel-Aviv University, Professor,.

1992-1994       EcoScience Corporation, Massachusetts, USA. Visiting Professor, (summers),

1998                Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society.

1999                Centro Nacional Biotecnologia, Consejo Superior Investigaciones Cientificas, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain. Visiting Professor, (summer),

1999-2002       Tel Aviv University. Head, Institute for Nature Conservation Research,

2002-2003       Lincoln University, Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand. Visiting Professor, sabbatical.

2007-2008       Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. Visiting Professor, sabbatical

2008                University of Massachusetts and EcoOrganics, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. Visiting Professor, sabbatical

2007 Oct.        Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants, Tel Aviv University, Emeritus Professor.

 

 

Memberships

American Phytopathological Society (APS Fellow). Israeli Phytopathological Society. International Society of Plant Pathology. International Society for Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions. International Society for Invertebrate Pathology (SIP).

International Rhizoctonia Committee. (Founder and first Chairman 1993-1998). Japan-Israel Binational committee for Plant Protection (Chairman 1998-2002).

 

 

International Organizing Committees

Second International Symposium on Rhizoctonia (ISR) Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands 1995.

First Japan-Israel Binational Plant Protection Cooperation workshop on Novel Approaches for Controlling Insect pests and Plant Diseases. Ma'ale Hachamisha, Israel 1997.

Rhizoctonia Workshop, Edinburgh, Scotland UK. 1998

Third International Symposium on Rhizoctonia, ISR 2000, Taichung, Taiwan 2000

34th Annual SIP Meeting Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands 2001

Second Japan-Israel Binational Plant Protection Cooperation workshop Tokyo, Japan. 2001.

Rhizoctonia Workshop, Lincoln University, Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand. 2003

The fourth International Symposium on Rhizoctonia, Berlin, Germany. 2008.

 

Research Interests

Biological control of plant pathogens. Hypovirulent Rhizoctonia spp.

Biological control of insects, Bacillus thuringiensis.

Recent Publications

Since 1990 (out of a 100 publications in refereed journals and books)

 

Books:

Sneh, B., Burpee, L.L. and Ogoshi, A. 1991. Identification of Rhizoctonia Species. The American Phytopathological Society Press, St. Paul Minnesota. 133 pp.

 

Sneh, B., Jabaji-Hare, S., Neate, S. and Dijst, G. (Eds.) 1996. Rhizoctonia species: Taxonomy, Molecular Biology, Ecology, Pathology and Disease Control. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 578 pp.

 

Chapters in Books.

Sneh, B. 1990. Mechanisms Involved in Protection of Infection Sites. Pages 653-662 in: R. Baker and P. Dunn (Eds.) New Directions in Biological Control: Alternatives for Suppressing Agricultural Pests and Diseases. Alan Liss Inc. New York.

 

Sneh, B. and Adams, G.C. 1996. Culture preservation methods for maintaining genetic integrity of Rhizoctonia spp. isolates. Pages 139-146. in: B. Sneh, S. Jabaji-Hare, S. Neate and G. Dijst. (Eds.) Rhizoctonia species: Taxonomy, Molecular Biology, Ecology, Pathology and Disease Control. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.

 

Sneh, B. 1996. Non Pathogenic Isolates on Rhizoctonia (np-R) spp. and Their Role in Biological Control. Pages 473-484 in: B. Sneh, S. Jabaji-Hare, S. Neate and G. Dijst. (Eds.) Rhizoctonia species: Taxonomy, Molecular Biology, Ecology, Pathology and Disease Control. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.

 

Sneh, B. 1998. Rhizoctonia spp. Pages.299-306. in: J. Rotem, J. Palti and Y. Ben Yephet (Eds.). Plant Diseases in Israel. The Agricultural Research Organization Press, Bet Dagan.

 

Sneh B. 2001 Biocontrol with Non-Pathogenic Isolates of Fungal Pathogens. Pages 1-29 in: D.D.-S. Dean and J.W. Huang (Eds.). Proceedings of International Symposium on Biological Control of Plant Diseases of the New Century - Mode of Action and Application Technology. Chinaart Co. Ltd. Taichung, Taiwan.

 

Articles:

Sneh, B. and Stack, J. 1990. Selective medium for isolation of Mycoleptodiscus terrestris from soil sediments of aquatic environments. Appl. Env. Microbiol. 56:3273-3276.

 

Hamal, M., Brownbridge, M., Broza, M. and Sneh, B. 1991. Screening for highly effective isolates of Bacillus thuringiensis against Spodoptera exempta and S. littoralis. Phytoparasitica 19:9-21.

 

Broza, M., Brownbridge, M. and Sneh, B. 1991. Monitoring secondary outbreaks of the African armyworm in Kenya using pheromone traps, for timing of Bacillus thuringiensis application. Crop Prot. 10:229-234.

 

Sneh, B. 1991. Isolation of Metarhizium anisopliae from insects on an improved selective medium based on wheat germ. J. Invertebr. Pathol. 58:269-273.

 

Broza, M., Brownbridge, M., Hamal, M. and Sneh, B., 1991. Control of the African armyworm, Spodoptera exempta Walk. (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Kenyan fields with highly effective strains of Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner. Biocontrol Sci. and Technol. 1:127-135.

 

Broza, M. and Sneh, B. 1994. Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki as an effective control agent of lepidopteran pests in tomato fields in Israel. J. Econ. Entomol. 87:923-928.

 

Keller, M., Sneh, B., Strizhov, A., Prudovsky, N., Regev, A., Koncz, C., Schell, J. and Zilberstein, A. 1996. Digestion -endotoxin by gut proteases may explain reduced sensitivity of advanced instars of Spodoptera littoralis to CryIC. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 26:365-373.

 

Regev, A., Keller, M., Strizhov, N., Sneh, B., Prudovsky, E., Chet, I., Ginsberg, I., Koncz-Kalman, Z., Koncz, C., Schell, J. and Zilberstein, A. 1996. Synergistic larvicidal activity of -endotoxin and a bacterial endochitinase. Appl. Env. Microbiol. 62: 3581-3586.

 

Strizhov, N., Keller, M., Koncz-Kalman, Z., Regev, A., Sneh, B., Schell, J., Koncz, C. and Zilberstein, A., 1996. Mapping of the entomocidal fragment of Spodoptera-specific Bacillus thuringiensis toxin CryIC. Mol. Gen Genet. 253:11-19.

 

Strizhov, N., Keller, M., Mathur, J., Koncz-Kalman, Z., Prudovsky, E., Bosch, D., Schell, J., Sneh, B., Koncz, J. and Zilberstein, A. 1996. A synthetic cryIC gene, encoding a Bacillus thuringiensis -endotoxin, confers Spodoptera-resistance in alfalfa and tobacco. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 93:15012-15017.

 

Sneh, B. 1998. Use of nonpathogenic or hypovirulent strains to protect plants against closely related fungal pathogens. Biotechnol. Adv. 16:1-23.

 

Sneh, B. and Ichielevich-Auster, M. 1998. Induced resistance of cucumber seedlings caused by some non-pathogenic Rhizoctonia (np-R) isolates Phytoparasitica 26:27-38.

 

Sneh B. 1999. Use of non pathogenic isolates of Rhizoctonia in biological control. Summa Phytopathologica 25:102-106.

 

Tsror (Lahkim), L., Barak , R. and Sneh B. 2001. Biological control of Black scurf on potato under organic management. Crop Prot. 20:145-150.

 

Sneh B. 2001. Biocontrol with non-pathogenic isolates of fungal pathogens. Pages 1-29 in: D.D.-S. Dean and J.W. Huang (Eds.). Biological Control of Plant Diseases of the New Century - Mode of Action and Application Technology. Chinaart Co. Ltd. Taichung.

 

Avisar, D., Keller, M., Gazit, E., Prudovsky, E., Sneh, B. and Zilberstein, A. 2004. The role of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1C and Cry1E separate structural domains in the interaction with Spodoptera littoralis gut epithelial cells. J. Biol. Chem. 279:15779-15786.

 

Sneh, B., Yamoah, E. and Stewart, A. 2004. Hypovirulent Rhizoctonia spp. isolates from New Zealand soils protect radish seedlings against damping off caused by R. solani. New Zealand Plant Protection 57:54-58.

 

Avisar, D., Segal, M., Sneh, B. and Zilberstein, A. 2005. Cell cycle-dependent resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1C toxin in Sf9 cells. J. Cell Sci. 118:3163-3171.

 

Sharon, M., Freeman, S. and Sneh, B. 2006. Pathogenicity, morphological and molecular characterization of Rhizoctonia spp. isolates from strawberries in Israel. Acta Hort. 708:155-159.

 

Sharon, M., Kuninaga, S., Hyakumachi, M. and Sneh, B. 2006. The advancing identification and classification of Rhizoctonia spp. using molecular and biotechnological methods compared with the classical anastomosis grouping. Mycoscience 47:299-316.

 

Sharon, M., Freeman, S., Kuninaga, S. and Sneh, B. 2007. Genetic diversity, anastomosis groups and virulence of Rhizoctonia spp. isolates from Strawberry. Eur. J. Plant Pathol. 117:247-265.

 

Sharon, M., Kuninaga, S., Naito, S., Hyakumachi, M. and Sneh, B. 2008. Classification of Rhizoctonia spp. using rDNA-ITS sequence analysis supports the genetic basis of the classical anastomosis grouping. Mycoscience 49:93-114.

 

Avisar, D., Eilenberg, H.., Keller, M., Reznik, N., Sneh, B. and Zilberstein, A. 2009. The Bacillus thuringiensis delta–endotoxin Cry1C as a potential bioinsecticide in plants. Plant Science 176:315-324.

 

Olcott, M. H., Henkels, M., Rosen, K.L., Walker, F.L., Sneh, B., Loper, J. and Taylor. B.J. 2010. Lethality and developmental delay in larval Drosophila melanogaster after ingestion of selected Pseudomonas fluorescens strains. PloS One 5(9):e12504 1-13.

 

Sharon, M., Freeman, S. and Sneh, B. 2011. Assessment of resistance pathways induced in Arabidopsis thaliana plants by hypovirulent Rhizoctonia spp. isolates. Phytopathology 101:828-838.

 

Recent abstracts of presentations:

Sneh B. 2010. Biological Control of Rhizoctonia diseases with hypovirulent non-pathogenic Rhizoctonia spp. Isolates. Syngenta workshop: Status of Rhizoctonia Research in Europe with special Emphasis on Cereals Stein Switzerland.

 

Avisar, D., Sneh, B. and Zilberstein, A. 2011. Aspects on the role of Cry1C toxin produced by Bacillus thuringiensis in biological control of lepidopteran pests. Annual Meeting of the Pesticide branch of the Pesticide Research Society of the NODAI Research Institute of Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan.

 

Sharon, M., Freeman, S., and Sneh B. 2011. Assessment of resistance pathways induced in Arabidopsis thaliana by hypovirulent Rhizoctonia spp. isolates. The Joint meeting of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and the International Plant Protection Congress (IPPC) Honolulu Hawaii, USA.

 

Sneh, B., Sharon, M., and Kuninaga, S. 2013. Comprehensive systematics of the 'Form Genus' Rhizoctonia via rDNA-ITS sequence analyses, complemented by percent sequence similarity. The 3rd Annual International Symposia of Mycology (ISM-2013) and the 3rd Annual World Congress of Microbes (WCM), Wuhan, China.

 

Sharon, M., Freeman, S. and Baruch Sneh 2013. Evaluation of systemic resistance mechanisms induced by hypovirulent Rhizoctonia spp. in Arabidopsis thaliana plants. 5th International Rhizoctonia Symposium Progress and Challenges in the 21st Century. Henan Agricultural University (HAU), Zhengzhou, Henan, China.

 

Patents

Stack, J.P., Jeffers, S., Sneh B. and Wright, T. 1996. Pseudomonas syringae ATCC 55389 and use thereof for inhibiting microbial decay of fruit. US patent No. 5,554,368.

 

International application # PCT/US94/13681. International publication # WO 95/15085 (European patent, OAPI patent and ARIPO patent. Israel, Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Philippines.).

 

Strizhov, N., Schell, J., Zilberstain, A., Keller, M., Sneh B. and Koncz, C. 2000. Synthetic Bacillus thuringiensis cry1C gene encoding insect toxin. USA Patent # 6,043,415.

 

Strizhov, N., Koncz, C., Zilberstein, A., Keller, M., Sneh, B. and Schell, J. (1997), 2004. Synthetic Bacillus thuringiensis cry1Ca gene encoding cry1Ca (cry1C) toxin. Australia patent # 775719 (Application # 10087/02; Division of 46354/97, valid until 6 October 2017)

 

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