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שלח באימייל הדפס
Name: Shlomo Sela-Saldinger, Prof. (Retiree)
Units: Postharvest and Food SciencesDepartment of Food Science
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  03-9683750
Cell: 050-6220750
Email:  shlomos@volcani.agri.gov.il  s.sela@mail.huji.ac.il
Office location:Department of Food Science, Karka Room 108
Address:Microbial Food-Safety Research Unit
Department of Food Science
Institute for Postharvest and Food Sciences
The Volcani Center, ARO
Derech HaMaccabim Road 68, POB 15159,
Rishon-LeZion 7528809, Israel

Senior Researcher (retired)

Research topics: Biofilms in the Food-Industry,  Desiccation tolerance of Salmonella, Persistence of enterobacteria in the Ag-Food environment, Microbial Bio-Control of foodborne pathogens and spoilage bacteria

Research Interests / Job description
Microbial Food-Safety; Water Microbiology; Foodborne and waterborne pathogens; Adaptation of Salmonella to Plants; Survival of Foodborne Pathogens along the Food-chain; Biofilms in the Food Industry; Biocontrol of foodborne pathogens by antagonistic bacteria and their metabolites

Food-borne diseases have a major health, social, economic and industrial impact in our world. Industrialization and globalization of the food supply, increased travel and increased consumption of centrally prepared partially processed food together with a demographic change resulting from the increase in the population proportion that exhibits increased susceptibility to pathogens, have elevated the risk of exposure to foodborne pathogens. The elimination of bacterial contamination along the food-chain is a major benefit to society. Since, bacterial contamination may occur throughout the food production-chain' from farm-to-table, intervention and control strategies required the understanding of the specific interactions between each foodborne pathogen and its ecologic agro-niche.

   Our laboratory is interested in understanding how foodborne pathogens (mainly, Salmonella) survive in the agricultural and food-industry environments in order to design science-based approaches to prevent bacterial contamination, and/or to increase decontamination efficiency. We are employing modern genetic, genomic and proteomic approaches to identify genes involved in pathogen-plant interactions, as well as genes required for bacterial tolerance to environmental stresses.

A recent topic in the lab is the application of antagonistic bacteria and their products for inhibtion and inactivation of spoilage microorganisms (bacteria & fungi), as well as foodborne pathogens. This is an environmental friendly and sustainable approach enabling circular econmy in the ag-food industry.


Selected Publications (peer reviewed, since 2000)


Sela, S., R. Neeman, N. Keller, A. Barzilai. (2000). Relationship between asymptomatic carriage of Streptococcus pyogenes and ability of the strains to adhere and internalise cultured epithelial cells. Med Microbiol 49:499-502.

Jadoun, J., S. Sela. (2000). Mutation in csrR global regulator reduces Streptococcus pyogenes internalization. Microb Path 29:311-317.

Sahly H, R. Podschun, T.A. Oelschlaeger, M. Greiwe, H. Parolis, D. Hasty, J. Keko, U. Ullmann, I. Ofek , S. Sela. (2000). Capsule impedes adhesion and invasion of epithelial cells by Klebsiella pneumoniae. Infect Immun 68:6744-6749.

Sela, S., M. Marouni, R. Perry, A. Barzilai. (2000). Effect of Lipoteichoic acid on Streptococcus pyogenes uptake by HEp-2 cells. FEMS Microbiol letters 193:187-193.

Barzilai, A., D. Miron, S. Sela. (2001). Etiology and management of acute and recurrent group A streptococcal tonsillitis. Curr Infect Dis Rep 3:217-223.

Jadoun, J., O. Eyal, S. Sela. (2002). Role of CsrR, hyaluronic acid, and SpeB in the internalization of Streptococcus pyogenes M type 3 by epithelial cells. Infect Immun 70:462-469.

Marouni, M. J., , E. Ziomek, S. Sela. (2003). Influence of group A streptococcal acid glycoprotein on expression of major virulence factors and internalization by epithelial cells. Microbial Path 35:63-72.

Eyal O., J. Jadoun, A. Bitler, E. Skutelski, S. Sela. (2003). Role of M3 protein in the adherence and internalization of an invasive Streptococcus pyogenes strain by epithelial cells. FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol 38:205-213.

Marouni,  M. J., S. Sela. (2003). The luxS gene of Streptococcus pyogenes regulates expression of genes affecting internalization by epithelial cells. Infect Immun 71:5633-5639.

Sela, S., R. Pinto, U. Merin, B. Rosen. (2003).  Thermal Inactivation of Escherichia coli in Camel Milk. J Food Protect 66:1708-1711.

Marouni, M. J., S. Sela. (2004). Fate of Streptococcus pyogenes and epithelial cells following internalization.  J Med Microbiol 53:1-7.

Marouni, M. J., A. Barzilai, N. Keller, E. Rubinstein, S. Sela. (2004). Intracellular survival of persistent group A streptococci in cultured epithelial cells. Int J Med Microbiol 294:27-33.

Weinberg, Z. G., G. Ashbell, Y. Chen, M. Gamburg, S. Sela. (2004). The effect of sewage irrigation on forage crops and silage safety and hygiene. Animal Feed Sci Technol 116:271-280.

Sela, S., D. Nestel, R. Pinto, E. Nemny-Lavy, M. Bar-Josef (2005).     The Mediterranean fruit fly is a potential vector for transmitting foodborne pathogens to fruits. Appl Environ Microbiol 71:4052-4056.

Chen, Y., S. Sela, M. Gamburg,  R. Pinto, Z. G. Weinberg. (2005). The fate of Escherichia coli during ensiling of wheat and corn. Appl Environ Microbiol 71:5163-5170.

Pinto, R., A. Lichter, A. Danshin, S. Sela. (2005). Effect of an ethanol dip of table grapes on populations of Escherichia coli. Postharvest Biol Technol 39:308-313.

Sela, S., S. Frank, E. Belausov, and R. Pinto. (2006). A mutation in the luxS gene influences Listeria monocytogenes biofilm formation. Appl Environ Microbiol 72:5653-5658.

Bernstein N., S. Sela, R. Pinto, and M. Ioffe. (2007). Evidence for internalization of Escherichia coli into the aerial parts of maize via the root system. J Food Protect. 70:471-475.

Weinberg, Z., Y. Chen, R. Pinto, and S. Sela. (2007). Fate of Inoculated Escherichia coli in hay. J Appl Microbiol. 102:1537-1543.

Bernstein, S., S. Sela, S. Neder-Lavon. (2007). Effect of irrigation regimes on persistence of Salmonella enterica serovar Newport in small experimental pots designed for plant cultivation. Irrig Sci. 70:471-475.

Bernstein, S., S. Sela, S. Neder-Lavon. (2007). Assessment of contamination potential of lettuce by Salmonella enterica serovar Newport added to the plant growing medium. J Food Protect. 70:1717-1722.

Sela, S., O. Hammer-Muntz, O. Krifucks, R. Pinto, L. Weisblit and G. Leitner. (2007)            Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains isolated from mastitis outbreaks in dairy herds. J Dairy Res. 744:426-430.

Fallik, E., V. Rodov, B. Horev, S. Sela, S. Alkalai-Tuvia and Y. Vinokur (2007). Rinsing and Brushing Technology for the Fresh-cut Industry. Acta Hort. 746:229-235.

Nahary, L., A. Tamarkin, N. Kayam, S. Sela, L. Fry, B. Baker, A. Powles, S. Rogers, and I. Benhar. (2008). An Investigation of Anti Streptococcal Antibody Responses in Guttate Psoriasis. Archives Dermatol Res.  300:441-449.

Lublin, A., and S. Sela. (2008). The Impact of Temperature during the Storage of Table Eggs on the Viability of Salmonella enterica, Serovars Enteritidis and Virchow, in the Eggs. Poultry Sci. 87:2208-2214.

Maghodia,  A. B., Y. Spiegel and S. Sela. (2008). Interactions between Escherichia coli and the plant-parasitic nematode Meloidogyne javanica. J Appl Microbiol. 105:810-816.

Leitner, G., S. Sela, O. Hammer-Muntz, D. Zivotofsky L. Weisblit, M. Chaffer, and S. Zamir. (2008). Outbreak of subclinical mastitis in a flock of dairy goats associated with atypical Staphylococcus haemolyticus. J Dairy Sci. 16:1-5.

Blum, S., E. D. Heller, O. Krifucks, S. Sela, O. Hammer-Muntz, G. Leitner. (2008).Identification of a bovine mastitis E. coli subset. Vet Microbiol. 132:135-148.

Kroupitski, Y., R. Pinto, M. T. Brandl, E. Belausov, and S. Sela. (2009). Interactions of Salmonella enterica with lettuce leaves. J Appl Microbiol.106:1876-1885.

Kroupitski, Y., D. Golberg, E. Belausov, R. Pinto, D. Swartzberg, D. Granot, and S. Sela. (2009). Internalization of Salmonella in leaves is induced by light and involves chemotaxis and penetration through open stomata. Appl Environ Microbiol. 75:6076-6086.

Weiss-Muszkat, M., Shakh, D., Zhou, Y., Pinto, R., Belausov, E., Chapman, M.R., and Sela, S. (2010). Biofilm formation and multicellular behavior in E. coli O55:H7, an atypical enteropathogenic strain. Appl Environ Microbiol. 76:1545-1554.

Kurzbaum, E., Kirzhner, F., Sela, S., Zimels, Y., and Armon, R. (2010). Efficiency of phenol biodegradation by planktonic Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes (a constructed wetland isolate) vs. root and gravel biofilm. Water Res 44:5021-5031.

Weinberg, Z., Chen, Y.,  Khanal, P., Pinto, R., Zakin, V.,  and Sela, S. (2011). The effect of cattle manure cultivation on moisture content and survival of E. coli. J. Animal Sci. 89:874-881.

Golberg, D., Kroupitski, Y., Belausov, E., Pinto, R., and Sela, S. (2011). Salmonella Typhimurium internalization is variable in leafy vegetables and fresh herbs. Int. J. Food Microbiol. 145:250-257

Gruzdev, N., Pinto, R., and Sela, S. (2011). Effect of desiccation on tolerance to multiple stresses in Salmonella Typhimurium.          Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77: 1667-1673.

Kroupitski, Y., Pinto, R., Belausov, E., and Sela, S. (2011). Distribution of Salmonella Typhimurium in Romaine lettuce leaves. Food Microbiol. 28:990-997.

Horev, B., Sela, S., Vinokur, Y., Gorbatsevich, E., Pinto, P., and Rodov, V. (2012). The effects of active and passive modified atmosphere packaging on the survival of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium on washed romaine lettuce leaves. Food Res. Int. 45:1129-1132.

Blum, S., Sela, N., Heller, E. D., Sela, S., and Leitner, G. (2012). Genome analysis of bovine-mastitis-associated Escherichia coli O32:H37 strain P4. J. Bacteriol. 94:3732.

Gruzdev, N., Herzberg, S., Pinto, R., and Sela, S. (2012). Persistence of Salmonella enterica during dehydration and subsequent cold storage. Food Microbiol. 32: 415-422.

Gruzdev, N., McClelland, M., Porwollik, S., Ofaim, S., Pinto, R., and Sela-Saldinger, S. (2012). Global transcriptional analysis of dehydrated Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. App. Env. Microbiol. 78:7866-7875.

Goudeau, D., Parker, C., Zhou, Y., Sela, S., Kroupitski, Y., and Brandl, M. (2013). The Salmonella transcriptome in lettuce and cilantro soft rot reveals a niche overlap with the animal host intestine. App. Env. Microbiol. 79:250-262.

Gorbatsevich, E., Sela (Saldinger), S., Pinto, R., & Bernstein, N. (2013). Root internalization, transport and in?planta survival of Salmonella enterica serovar Newport in sweet?basil. Env. Microbiol. Rep. 5:151-159.

Kroupitski, Y., Brandl, M. T., Pinto, R., Belausov, E., Tamir-Ariel, D., Burdman, S., and Sela (Saldinger), S. (2013). Identification of Salmonella enterica genes with a role in persistence on lettuce leaves during cold-storage by Recombinase-based In Vivo Expression Technology. Phytopathology103:362-372..

Weinberg, Z. G., Szakacs, G., Chen, Y., Pinto, R., Bernstein, S., Konya, B., and Sela (Saldinger), S. (2014). Inhibition of Escherichia coli in cultivated cattle manure. J. Animal Sci. 92: 2336-2341.

Fadida, T., Kroupitski, Y., Peiper, U.M., Bendikovd, T., Sela (Saldinger), S., and Poverenov, E. (2014). Air-ozonolysis to generate contact active antimicrobial surfaces: Activation of polyethylene and polystyrene followed by covalent graft of quaternary ammonium salts. Colloids and Surfaces B. 122:294-300.

Maghodia, A.B., Spiegel, Y., Pinto, R., and Sela, S. (2014). Coliforms carriage by nematodes in agricultural crop fields irrigated with fresh and recycled water. Int. J. Curr. Microbiol. App. Sci. 3:73-82.

Sela (Saldinger), S., and Manulis-Sasson, S. (2015). What else can we do to mitigate contamination of fresh produce by foodborne pathogens? Microb. Biotechnol. 8:29-31.

Lublin, A., Maler, I., Mechani, S., Pinto, R., & Sela-Saldinger, S. (2015). Survival of Salmonella enterica Serovar Infantis on and within Stored Table Eggs. J. Food Protec. 78(2), 287-292.

Kroupitski, Y., Pinto, R., Bucki, P., Belausov, E., Ruess, L., Spiegel, Y., and Sela (Saldinger), S. (2015). Acrobeloides buetschlii as a potential vector for enteric pathogens. Nematology. 17:447-457.

Blum, S. E., Heller, E. D., Sela, S., Elad, D., Edery, N., & Leitner, G. (2015). Genomic and phenomic study of mammary pathogenic Escherichia coli. PloS one 10(9), e0136387.

Kraut-Cohen, J., Tripathi, V., Chen, Y., Gatica, J., Volchinski, V., Sela, S., Weinberg, Z. and Cytryn, E., 2016. Temporal and spatial assessment of microbial communities in commercial silages from bunker silos. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 13:1-9.

Weinberg, Z., Chen, Y., Volchinski, V., Sela, S., Ogunade, I., and Adesogan, A. 2016.  An in vitro model to study interactions between Escherichia coli and lactic acid bacterial inoculants for silage in rumen fluid. Letters in App. Microbiol. 63:60-65.

Burgess, C.M., Gianotti, A., Gruzdev, N., Holah, J., Knøchel, S., Lehner, A., Margas, E., Esser, S.S., Sela, S. and Tresse, O., 2016. The response of foodborne pathogens to osmotic and desiccation stresses in the food chain. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 221, pp.37-53.

Lampert, Y., Dror, B., Sela, N., Teper-Bamnolker, P., Daus, A., Sela (Saldinger), S., and Eshel, D. 2017. Emergence of Leuconostoc mesenteroides as a causative agent of oozing in carrots stored under non-ventilated conditions. Microbial Biotechnol. 10: 1677-89.

Rempoulakis, P., Sela (Saldinger), S., Nemny-Lavy, E., Pinto, R., Birke, A., and Nestel,D. 2017. Microbial composition affects the performance of an artificial Tephritid larval diet. Bull. Entomol. Res. 108:434-41.

Bernstein, N., Dudai, N., & Gorbatsevich, E. and Sela (Saldinger) S. (2017). Salinity stress does not affect root uptake, dissemination and persistence of Salmonella in sweet-basil (Ocimum basilicum). Front. Plant Sci. 675:8

Keshri, J., Chen, Y., Pinto, R., Kroupitski, Y., Weinberg, Z. G., & Sela, S. (2018). Microbiome dynamics during ensiling of corn with and without Lactobacillus plantarum inoculant. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol.  102(9), 4025-4037

Keshri, J., Chen, Y., Pinto, R., Kroupitski, Y., & Weinberg, Z. G. (2019). Bacterial Dynamics of Wheat Silage. Front. Microbiol. 10, 1532.

Barak D., Savidor, A., Salam, B., Sela, N., Lampert, Y., Teper-Bamnolker, P., Daus, A., Carmeli, S., Sela (Saldinger), S., and Eshel, D. 2019. High levels of CO2 induce spoilage by Leuconostoc mesenteroides by upregulating dextran-synthesis genes. App. Environ. Microbiol. 85:e00473-18.

Keshri, J., Krouptiski, Y., Abu-Fani, L., Achmon, Y., Bauer, T. S., Zarka, O., Maler, I., Pinto, R., & Saldinger Sela, S. 2019. Dynamics of bacterial communities in alfalfa and mung bean sprouts during refrigerated conditions. Food Microbiol. 84:103261.

Kroupitski, Y., Gollop, R., Belausov, E., Pinto, R. and Sela Saldinger, S., 2019. Salmonella enterica growth conditions influence lettuce leaf internalization. Front. Microbiol. 10:639.

Montano, J., Rossidivito, G., Torreano, J., Porwollik, S., Sela Saldinger, S., McClelland, M., & Melotto, M. 2020. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium 14028s genomic regions required for colonization of lettuce leaves. Front. Microbiol. 11, 6.

Nakar, A., Schmilovitch, Z. E., Vaizel-Ohayon, D., Kroupitski, Y., Borisover, M., & Sela, S. (2020). Quantification of bacteria in water using PLS analysis of emission spectra of fluorescence and excitation-emission matrices. Water Res. 169, 115197.

Montano, J., Rossidivito, G., Torreano, J., Porwollik, S., Sela Saldinger, S., McClelland, M., & Melotto, M. (2020). Salmonella enterica serovar typhimurium 14028s genomic regions required for colonization of lettuce leaves. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11, 6.

Kiel, S., Klein, M., Kroupitski, Y., Peiper, U. M., Saldinger, S. S., & Poverenov, E. (2021). Air-ozonolysis activation of polyolefins versus use of laden finishing to form contact-active nonwoven materials. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-10.

Zion, B., Gollop, R., Barak, M., Sela, S., & Arbel, A. (2021). External disinfection of shell eggs using steam in a Thermal Trap. Food Control, 127, 108135.

Avidov R, Varma VS, Saadi I, Hanan A, Lublin A, Saldinger SS, Chen Y and Laor Y (2021). Factors Influencing the Persistence of Salmonella Infantis in Broiler Litter During Composting and Stabilization Processes and Following Soil Incorporation. Front. Sustain. Food Syst. 5:645721.

       doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2021.645721

Chahar M, Kroupitski Y, Gollop R, Belausov E, Melotto M and Saldinger-Sela S (2021). Determination of Salmonella enterica Leaf Internalization Varies Substantially According to the Method and Conditions Used to Assess Bacterial Localization. Front. Microbiol. 12:622068. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.622068

Chapters in Books

Yogev, D., S. Sela, H. Bercovier, S. Razin. (1990). Elongation factor (EF-Tu) genes. In: Mollicutes. Recent Advances in Mycoplasmology. (H. Stanek, G. H. Cassell, J. G. Tully, R. F. Whitecomb, eds.), pp.324-328. Gustav Fischer Verlag, New-York.

Tsarfaty I., R.T. Altstock, L. Mittelman, H. Sandovsky-Losica, J. Jadoun, I. Fabian, E. Segal, and S. Sela. (1999). Confocal Microscopy in the study of the interactions between microorganisms and cells. In: Microbial ecology and infectious disease. (E. Rosenberg, ed). pp. 75-88.  Washington, D.C., American Society for Microbiology, Washington D.C.

Weinberg, Z. G., S. Sela, Y. Chen, and R. Pinto. (2008). The safety and hygiene of sewage irrigated forage crops - summary of research in Israel. In: Current topics on Bioprocesses in Food Industry (Vol II). (A. Koutinas, A. Pandey, and C. Larroche, eds), Asiatech Publishers, Inc. New Delhi, India, pp. 72-77.

Sela, S. and E. Fallik. (2009). Microbial Quality and Safety of Fresh Produce. In: Wojciech J. Florkowski, Robert L. Shewfelt, Bernhard Brueckner and Stanley E. Prussia, (eds): Postharvest Handling, Oxford:Academic Press, pp. 351-398.

Sela (Saldinger), S., and Chellaiah E. R. (2016).  Desiccation of Salmonella enterica induces cross-tolerance to other stresses. Stress and Environmental Control of Gene Expression in Bacteria. Frans J. de Bruijn, Editor. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers. pp. 725.

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