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שלח באימייל הדפס
Name: Serge (Yan) Landau, Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Plant SciencesNatural Resources
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  03-9683492
Cell: 0506-220492
Email:    vclandau@volcani.agri.gov.il
Office location:Room 215; Plant Sciences building next to Gene Bank building
Address:Department of Natural Resources
Institute of Plant Sciences
Agricultural Research Organization - the Volcani Center
P.O.Box 6, Bet Dagan
ISRAEL 50250

Researcher,  Department of Natural Resources and Agronomy

Research Interests / Job description
Nutrition of herbivores on rangelands
  Goat browsing woody vegetationThe nutrition of free-ranging domestic and wild herbivores
 NIRS laboratoryNear infrared spectrometry (NIRS) in agricultural and food sciences
 Sheep grazingPlant secondary metabolites in rangelands
 Goat selecting diet  Self-medication in grazing animals
 Cattle under tree shade  Integrated rain-fed semi-arid production systems

Editor-in-Chief, Small Ruminant Research (Elsevier) 

Recent projects

Ethno-veterinary use of plants in Israel (Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild Foundation)

Booklet of veterinary use in Hebrew

Alpine-crossbred goats in Mediterranean woodland (JNF Forest Research Board)

Anthelmintic feed-additives from Mediterranean plants (Chief Scientist, Ministry of Commerce and Industry)

Nutraceuticals in  0live-mill waste (Chief Scientist, Ministry of Agriculture)

What are the grazing services of the Druze flocks in the Carmel Park (JNF Forest Research Board)

Monitoring beef cattle nutrition on the Golan Heights with Fecal NIRS (Chief Scientist, Ministry of Agriculture) 

Removing obstacles to Bedouin flocks grazing in JNF forests of Central Israel (JNF Forest Research Board) 

Pistacia lentiscus as natural drug against gastro-intestinal worms in goats (Ministry of Science, Israel) 

Goats for maximal efficiency of brush control. BARD (US - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund).

NIRS-aided evaluation of the impact on natural grasslands of sheep grazing under humid tropical, temperate, and semi-arid conditions (Ministry of Science, France-Israel Bi-national Cooperation on sustainable agriculture).

Safflower for fodder, an alternative to legumes under rainfed condition and recycled water irrigation (Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Agriculture, Israel )

Monitoring feed intake and quality in ranging cattle by aids of NIR spectral analysis of feces (Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Agriculture, Israel).

Weed dispersion by sheep grazing in wheat stubble in the Negev Desert of Israel (HaNadiv foundation, Israel).

Predicting DM digestibility of total mixed rations in sheep by fecal NIRS (Sheep Research Board, Israel).

Annual rainfed pastures for cattle in the Northern Negev (Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Agriculture - Range Management, Israel).

Is no till wheat farming compatible with stubble grazing? (Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Agriculture - Range Management, Israel)


Arviv, A., Muklada, H., KIgel, J., Voet, H., Glasser, T., Dvash, L., Ungar, E.D., Landau, S.Y.(2016). Targeted grazing of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) and Syrian thistle (Notobasis syriaca) by goats: preference following pre-conditioning, generational transfer, and toxicity. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 179: 53-59.

Landau, S.Y., Dvash, L., Roudman, M., Muklada, H., Barkai, D., Yehuda, Y., Ungar, E.  (2016). Faecal near-IR spectroscopy to determine the nutritional value of diets consumed by beef cattle in east Mediterranean grasslands. Animal 10: 192-202.

Argov-Argaman, N, Hadaya, O., Glasser, T., Muklada, H., Dvash, L., Mesilati-Stahy, R., Landau, S.Y. (2015). Milk fat globule size, phospholipid contents and composition of milk from purebred and Alpine-crossbred Mid-Eastern goats under confinement or grazing condition. International Dairy Journal 58: 2-8.

Glazer, I.,  Salame, L., Dvash, L., Muklada, H.,  Azaizeh, H., Mreny, R., Markovics, A., Landau, S.Y. (2015). Effects of Tannin-Rich Host Plants on the Infection and Establishment of the Entomopathogenic Nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 128:31-36.

Henkin, Z., Ungar, E.D., Perevolotsky, A., Gutman, M., Yehuda, Y., Dolev, A., Landau, S.Y., Sternberg, M., and Seligman, N. (2015). Long-term Trade-Offs Between Herbage Growth, Animal Production and Supplementary Feeding in Heavily Grazed Mediterranean. Grassland Rangeland Ecology & Management 68:332-340.

Landau S.Y., Muklada H., Abu-Rabia, A., Kaadan, S., Azaizeh. H (2014). Traditional Arab ethno-veterinary practices in small ruminant breeding in Israel. Small Rumin. Res. 119: 161-171.

Villalba, J.J.,  Miller, J., Ungar, E.D., Landau, S.Y., Glendinning, J. (2014).   Ruminant self-medication against gastrointestinal nematodes: evidence, mechanism, and origins. Parasite, 21, 31. http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/parasite/2014032

Walker, J. W., Waldron, D. F., Campbell, E. S., Taylor, Jr, C. A., Lupton, C. J., Landau, S.  (2013). Intermediate Periodicities in Juniper Consumption and Sampling Strategies to Estimate the Diet of Free-Grazing Goats. Range Ecol. Manage., 66: 209-215.

Amit, M., Cohen, I, Marcovics, A., Muklada, H., Glasser, T.A., Ungar, E.D., Landau, S.Y. (2013). Self-medication with tannin-rich browse in goats infected with gastro-intestinal nematodes. Vet. Parasitol 198: 305-311.

Azaizeh, H. Halahleh, F., Abbas, N.,  Markovics, A., Muklada, H., L., Ungar, E.D.,., Landau, S.Y. (2012). Polyphenols from Pistacia lentiscus and Phillyrea latifolia impair the exsheathment of gastro-intestinal nematode larvae. Vet. Parasitol, 191: 44-50.

Villalba, J.J., Landau, S.Y, (2012). Host behaviour, environment and ability to self-medicate. Small Rumin. Res., 103:50-59.

Markovics, A., Cohen, I., Muklada, H., Glasser, T., Dvash, L., Ungar, E.D., Azaizeh, H., Landau, S.Y. (2012). Consumption of Pistacia lentiscus foliage alleviates coccidiosis in young goats.Vet. Parasitol, 186:165-169.

Glasser, T., Landau, S., Ungar, E.D., Perevolotsky, A., Dvash, L. , Muklada, H. Walker, J.W. (2012). Foraging selectivity of three goat breeds in a Mediterranean shrubland. Small Rumin. Res, 102: 7-12. .

Henkin, Z.. Ungar, E.D., Dvash, L., Perevolotsky, A., Yehuda, Y., Sternberg, M., Voet, H., Landau, S.Y. (2011). Effects of cattle grazing on herbage quality in an herbaceous Mediterranean rangeland. Grass and Forage Sci., 66: 516-525.

Landau, S.Y., Abu-Rabia, A., Evlagon, D., Abu-Siam, S. (2011). Les obstacles au paturage des troupeaux Bedouins dans les forets du Centre d'Israel. Ethnozootech., 11: 175-181.

Landau, S., Azaizeh, H.,  Muklada, H., Glasser, T., Ungar, E.D., Baram, H., Abbas, N., Markovics, A. (2010). Anthelmintic activity of Pistacia lentiscus foliage in two Middle Eastern breeds of goats differing in their propensity to consume tannin-rich browse. Vet. Parasitol. 173: 280-286.

Hanovice-Ziony, M., Gollop, N., Landau, S.Y., Ungar , E.D., Muklada, H., Glasser, T.A.,  Perevolotsky, A., Walker, J.W. (2010). No Major Role for Binding by Salivary Proteins as a Defense against Dietary Tannins in Mediterranean Goats. J. Chem. Ecol. 36: 736-742

Host Hoste, H., Sotiraki, S., Landau, S.Y., Jackson , F. J., Beveridge, I. (2010). Goat-Nematode interactions: think differently!  Trends in Parasitol. 26: 376-381

Glasser, T.A., Ungar, E.D., Landau, S.Y., Perevolotsky, A., Muklada, H., Walker, J.W. (2009). Breed and maternal effects on the intake of tannin-rich browse by juvenile domestic goats (Capra hircus). Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 119: 72-77

Landau, S.Y., Provenza, F.D.,   Gardner, D. R., Pfister, J.A., Knoppel, E.L., Peterson, C., Kababya, D., Needham, G.R., Villalba, J.J. (2009). Neem-tree (Azadirachta indica Juss.) extract as a feed-additive against the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) in sheep (Ovis aries). Vet. Parasitol. 165, 311-317.

Schoenbaum, I., Kigel, J., Barkai, D., Landau, S. (2009). Weed infestation of wheat fields by sheep stubble grazing in the Mediterranean semi-arid region. Crop Past. Sci. 60: 1-9.

Waldron, D. F., Taylor, C. A.  Jr, Walker, J. W., Campbell, E. S., Landau, S.Y. (2009). Heritability of juniper consumption in goats. J. Anim. Sci. 87: 491-495.

Bar-Tal, A., Landau, S., Li-Xin, Z., Markovitz, T., Keinan, M., Dvash, L., Brener, S., Weinberg, Z. (2008).Fodder quality of safflower across an iIrrigation gradient and with varied nitrogen rates. Agron. J. 100: 1499-1505.

Landau S., Giger-Reverdin, S, Rapetti, L., Dvash, L., Dorleans, M., Ungar, E.D. (2008). Data mining old digestibility trials for nutritional monitoring in confined goats with aids of fecal near infra-red spectrometry. Small Rumin. Res. 77: 146-158.

Molle, G., Decandia, M., Cabiddu, A., Landau, S.Y., Cannas A. (2008). An update on the nutrition of dairy sheep grazing Mediterranean pasture. Small Rumin. Res., 77: 93-112.

Glasser, T., Landau, S., Ungar, E.D., Muklada, H., Perevolotsky, A., Dvash, L., Muklada, H., Kababya, D., Walker, J.W. (2008). A fecal NIRS-aided methodology to determine goat dietary composition in a Mediterranean shrubland. J. Anim. Sci., 86: 1345-1356.

Weinberg, Z.G., Bar-Tal, A., Chen, Y., Gamburg, T., Brener, S., Dvash, L., Markowitz, T., Landau, S. (2007). The effects of irrigation and nitrogen fertilization on the ensiling of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius). Anim. Feed Sci. Technol., 134: 154-161.

Walker, J.W., Campbell, E.S., Lupton, C.J., Taylor, Jr., C.A., Waldron, D.F., Landau, S.Y. (2007). Contribution of breed, sex, and age to variation and predictive ability of near-infrared reflectance spectra of goat feces. J. Anim Sci. 85:518-526.

S. Landau, R. Nitzan , D. Barkai,, L. Dvash (2007). The use of excretal Near Infrared Reflectance Spectrometry to monitor the nutrient content of diets of grazing young ostriches (Struthio camelus). S.A. J. Anim. Sci. 34 (6): 248-256.

Obeidat, S. M., Glasser, T., Landau, S.Y., Anderson, D.M., Rayson, G.D. (2007). Application of multi-way data analysis on excitation-emission spectra for plant identification. Talanta, 72: 682-690.

Landau, S., Schoenbaum, I., Barkai, D., Ungar, E.D., Genizi, A., Kigel, J. (2007). Grazing, mulching and removal of wheat straw in a no-till system in a semi-arid environment. Aust. J. Agric. Res., 58: 907-912.

Landau, S., Glasser, T., Dvash, L. (2006). Monitoring nutrition in small ruminants by aids of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) technology: a review. Small Rumin. Res., 61: 1-11.

Silanikove, N., Landau, S., Or, D., Kababya, D., Bruckental, I., Nitsan, Z. (2006). Analytical approach and effects of condensed tannins in carob pods (Ceratonia   siliqua) on feed intake, digestive and metabolic responses in kids. Livest .Sci., 99: 29-38.

Landau, S., Barkai, D., Dvash, L., Brosh, A. (2006). Energy expenditure in Awassi sheep grazing wheat stubble in the Northern Negev desert of Israel. Livest. Sci, 105: 265-271.

Landau, S., Kababya, D., Silanikove, N., Nitsan, R., Lifshitz, L., Baram, H., Bruckental, I., Mabjeesh, S.J. (2005). The ratio between rumen degradable organic matter and crude protein may affect milk yield and composition in dairy sheep. Small Rumin. Res., 58: 115-122.

Landau, S., Cabiddu, A., Molle, G., Fois, N., Friedman, S., Barkai, D., Decandia, M., Dvash, L., Sitzia, M. (2005). Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) as a novel pasture species for dairy sheep in the Mediterranean conditions of Sardinia and Israel. Small Rumin Res., 59: 239-249.

Landau, S., Glasser, T., Muklada, H., Dvash, L., Perevolotsky, A., Ungar, E.D., Walker, J.W. (2005). Fecal NIRS prediction of dietary protein percentage and in vitro dry matter digestibility in  diets ingested by goats in Mediterranean scrubland. Small Rumin Res., 59: 251-263.

Landau, S., Friedman, S., Brenner, S., Bruckental, I., Weinberg, Z.G., Ashbell, G., Hen, Y., Dvash, L., Leshem, Y. (2004). The value of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) hay and silage grown under Mediterranean conditions as forage for dairy cattle. Livest. Prod. Sci., 88: 263-271.

Landau, S., Dvash, L., Decandia, M., Cabiddu, A., Shapiro, F., Molle, G., Silanikove, N. (2004). Determination of Poly(ethylene glycol)-binding to Browse Foliage, as an Assay of Tannin, by Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy. J. Agric. Food Chem., 52: 638-642.

Landau, S., Glasser, T., Dvash, L., Perevolotsky, A. (2004). Fecal NIRS to monitor the diet of Mediterranean goats. S. A. J. Anim. Sci., 34 (5): 76-80.

Landau, S., Xue, B., Dvash, L., Friedman, S., Mabjeesh, S.J. (2003). Polyethylene glycol, used to alleviate the negative effects of dietary tannins, can also serve as a marker of fecal output in goats. Small Rumin. Res., 48 : 37-43.

Nitzan, R., Barkai, D., Nitsan, Z., Landau, S.,  (2002). Intake, growth and carcass characteristics of young ostriches fed concentrates with and without pasture. Anim. Sci., 74:71-79.

Barkai, D., Landau, S., Brosh, A., Baram, H., Molle, G. (2002). Estimation of energy intake from heart rate and energy expenditure in sheep under confinement or grazing condition. Livest. Prod. Sci., 73: 237-246.
Landau, S., Friedman, S., Devash, L., Mabjeesh, S.J. (2002). Polyethylene glycol, determined by Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy, as a marker of fecal output in goats. J. Agr. Food Chem, 50: 1374-1378.
Guenoune, D., Landau, S., Amir, R., Badani, H., Devash, L., Wolf, S., Galili, S. (2002). Resistance of soybean vegetative storage proteins (S-VSPs) to proteolysis by rumen micro-organisms. J. Agr. Food Chem, 50: 2256-2260.

Landau, S.Y., Perevolotsky, A., Kababya, D., Silanikove, N., Nitzan, R., Baram, H., Provenza, F.D. (2002). Polyethylene-glycol increases the intake of tannin-rich Mediterranean browse by ranging goats.  J. Range Manage., 55: 598-603.
Weinberg, Z., Ashbell, G., Hen, Y., Leshem, Y., Landau, S., Bruckental (2002). A note on ensiling safflower forage. Grass and Forage Sci., 57: 184-187.

Dvash, L., Afik, O., Shafir, S., Schaffer, A.Yeselson, Y., Dag, A., Landau, S. (2002). Determination by Near-Infrared Spectroscopy of Perseitol used as a marker for the botanical origin of Avocado (Persea Americana Mill.) honey. J. Agric. Food Chem., 19:5283-5287.

Branca, A., Molle, G., Sitzia, M., Decandia, M. and Landau, S. (2000). Short-term dietary effects on reproductive wastage after induced ovulation and artificial insemination in primiparous lactating Sarda ewes. Anim. Reprod. Sci., 58: 59-71.

Landau, S., Perevolotsky, A., Bonfil, D., Barkai, D. and Silanikove, N. (2000). Utilization of low quality resources by small ruminants in Mediterranean agro-pastoral systems: the case of scrubland and aftermath cereal stubble. Livest. Prod. Sci., 64: 39-49.
Landau, S., Silanikove, N., Nitsan, Z., Barkai, D., Baram, H., Provenza, F.D. and Perevolotsky, A. (2000). Short-term changes in eating patterns explain the effects of condensed tannins in heifers. Applied Anim. Behav. Sci., 69: 199-213.
Gilboa, N., Perevolotsky, A., Landau, S., Nitsan, Z., Silanikove, N (2000). Increasing productivity in goats grazing Mediterranean woodland and scrubland by supplementation of polyethylene-glycol. Small Rumin. Res., 38: 183-190.
Landau, S., Braw-Tal, R., Kaim, M., Bor, A., Bruckental, I. (2000). Preovulatory follicular status and diet affect the insulin and glucose content of follicles in high-yielding dairy cows. Anim. Reprod. Sci., 64: 181-19.

Landau, S.Y., Ben-Moshe, E., Egber, A., Shlosberg, A., Bellaiche, M. and Perevolotsky, A. (1999). Conditioned aversion to minimize Ferula communis intake by orphaned lambs. J. Range Manage., 52:429-432.

Landau, S., Zoref, Z., Nitsan, Z. and Madar, Z (1999). The influence of extruding corn grain on glucose metabolism in pregnant ewes. Reprod. Nutr. Dev., 39: 181-187.

Perevolotsky, A., Landau, S., Kababya, D. and Ungar, E.D. (1998). Dietary preferences in dairy goats grazing woody mediterranean rangeland. Applied Anim. Behav. Sci. , 57: 117-131.

Kababya, D., Perevolotsky, A., Bruckental, I. and Landau, S. (1998). Selection of diets by dual-purpose Mamber goats in Mediterranean woodland. J. Agric. Sci. (Camb.), 131: 221-228.
Egber, A., Perevolotsky, A., Yonatan, R., Shlosberg, A., Belaich, M. and Landau, S. (1998). Creating aversion to giant fennel (Ferula communis) in weaned orphaned lambs. Applied Anim. Behav. Sci., 61: 51-62.

Book chapters

Hadjipanayiotou, M., Economides, S., Morand-Fehr, P., Landau, S., Havrevoll, O. (1991). Postweaning feeding of young goats. In: Goat Nutrition (P.Morand-Fehr, ed.), pp. 284-291. Pudoc, Wageningen Publisher    (The Netherlands).

Perevolotsky, A., Landau, S. (1992). Grazing rights in the promised land: historical and ecological perspectives of pastoral land tenure in Israel. In: Terres collectives et domaniales en Mediterranee : Legislation, modes d'utilisation par les animaux et perspectives (A. Bourbouze and R. Rubino, eds.), pp. 119-135. FAO. Ars grafica pub., Villa d'Agri (Italy).

Landau, S., Perevolotsky, A. , Carasso, Y., Rattner, D. (1995). Goat husbandry and production systems in Israel. In: Goat production systems in the Mediterranean (A. El Aich, S. Landau, A. Bourbouze, R. Rubino and P. Morand-Fehr eds.), pp. 136-159. Wageningen PERS Pub. (The Netherlands).

El Aich, A., Landau, S., Napoleone, M., Bourbouze, A. (1995).Goat production systems in the Mediterranean: a comparative study.             In: Goat production systems in the Mediterranean (A. El Aich, S. Landau, A. Bourbouze, R. Rubino and P. Morand-Fehr eds.), pp. 222-237. Wageningen PERS Pub. (The Netherlands).

Landau, S., Morand-Fehr, P., Bas,P., Schmidely, P., Giger-Reverdin, S. (1997). Nutritional efficiency for conception, pregnancy, and lactation, in goats with an emphasis on glucose and nitrogen metabolism. In: Recent Advances in Goat Research (P. Morand-Fehr Ed.), Cahiers Options Mediterraneennes, pp. 59-70, CIHEAM Pub. (Zaragoza, Spain).

Molle, G., Landau, S. (2002). Sheep husbandry (b) Feeding management - intensive conditions.   In: Encyclopedia of Dairy Sciences (Hubert Roginski, John W. Fuquay, Patrick F. Fox Eds.), pp. 2497-2507. Academic Press (London).

Landau, S. and Molle, G. (2005).       Improving milk yield and quality through feeding.    In: "Future of the Sheep and Goats Dairy Sector (Ed. A. Pirisi), Part 3: Production and quality of sheep and goat milk - prospects for their improvement, pp. 143-152, Special Issue of the International Dairy Federation. Pub. IDF (Brussels).

Perevolotsky, A., Landau, S., Silanikove, N., Provenza, F. (2006). Upgrading tannin-rich forages by supplementing ruminants with Polyethylene Glycol (PEG).  In: "Herbivores. Assessment of intake, digestibility and the roles of secondary compounds. (C.A. Sandoval-Castro, F.D. Deb D. Hovell, F. Torres Acosta, C. Sandoval, A. Ayala-Burgos Eds.), Publication no.34 - British Society of Animal Science. pp. 221-234. Nottingham University Press (Nottingham, UK).

Landau, S., Gootwine, E., Braw-Tal, R. (2008). Achievements of research in the field of sheep and goats. pp. 109-121. In: "Animal production and animal science worldwide - WAAP book of the year 2007" (A. Rosati, A. Tewolde, C. Mosconi Eds.). Book of the year 2007 ", ISSN 1574-1125, Volume 4, pp. 109-121. published by Wageningen Academic Publishers

Landau, S., Molle, G. (2009). Grazing livestock, our connection to grass: a Mediterranean insight. Why they eat what they eat, and how it affects us. In:" All flesh is grass. Plant-Animal interrelationships" (Joseph Seckbach  and  Zvy Dubinsky Eds.). pp. 217-236. Springer Pub., NY.

Walker, J.W., Campbell, E.J., Kott, R.W., Landau, S.Y., Lupton, C.J., Scott, C.B., Surber, L., Taylor, C.A., Whitworth, W.R. (2010). Fecal NIRS for predicting botanical composition of herbivore diets. In: "Shining light on manure improves livestock and Land Management". Technical bulletin SANG-2010-0250. Agri-life research. Texas A&M System and the Society for Range Management Eds.

Landau, S., Glasser, T., Ungar, E.D., Perevolotsky, A., Dvash, L., Muklada. H., Kababya, D., Walker, J.W. (2010). Fecal NIRS with bite counts: a methodology to determine the botanical and chemical composition of diets. In: "Shining light on manure improves livestock and Land Management". Technical bulletin SANG-2010-0250. Agri-life research. Texas A&M System and the Society for Range Management Eds.

Glasser, T.A., Landau, S.Y., Ungar, E.D., Muklada, H., Perevolotsky, A. (2012).Goat farming and landscape management: from controlled research to controlled grazing. In: "Animal farming and environmental interactions in the Mediterranean region. Part 2, pp. 89-95. Vol.131, EAAP series; Wageningen Academic. Pub.

Landau, S.Y., Muklada, H., Marcovics, A., Azaizeh, H. (2014). Traditional uses of Pistacia lentiscus in veterinary and human medicine. In: " Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World.", Eds.  Zohara Yaniv and Nativ Dudai, Pub.: Springer Science. Netherlands (in press).

Glasser, T.A., Landau, S.Y (2013). Goat grazing in Ramat Hanadiv, a multi-facetted scope. pp. 298-303. In: "Management and conservation of Mediterranean ecosystems: Ramat Hanadiv as model."      Pub. Ramat Hanadiv., Zikhron Yaakov, Israel

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