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Admas Alemu Abebe

Admas Alemu Abebe
My scientific research focuses on the genomics of small grain cereal crops to enhance yield, quality and stress tolerance/resistance by applying population and quantitative genetics tools.


Genome-wide Predictions in Breeding: Exploring Genotype-Phenotype Associations and Genomic Selection

Plant Biology for Breeding and Protection



I am involved in research projects targeting identifying QTLs/genes via linkage- and linkage disequilibrium (LD)- based QTL mapping and genomic selection methods for resistance to various diseases and other critical agronomic traits in cereal crops. Through the application of high-throughput genotyping and phenotyping platforms, molecular markers are either identified for MAS or genomic prediction models are developed and used for selection in cereal crops breeding.


Ph.D. (Applied Genetics, Plant); Microbial, cellular and molecular biology department,  Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (2019). Research thesis "Molecular Characterization and Genome-Wide Association Mapping for Root System Architecture and Quality Related Traits in Ethiopian Durum Wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. durum) with High-Density SNP Markers".

Ph.D. visiting student for research; Department of agricultural genetics; University of Bologna, Italy (2018)

Selected publications

Alemu, A.*, Åstrand, J., Montesinos-López, O.A., y Sánchez, J.I., Fernández-Gónzalez, J., Tadesse, W., Vetukuri, R.R., Carlsson, A.S., Ceplitis, A., Crossa, J., Ortiz, R. and Chawade, A.(2024). Genomic selection in plant breeding: key factors shaping two decades of progress. Molecular Plant. 

Tadesse, W., Gataa, Z.E., Rachdad, F.E. Baouchi, A., Kehel, Z. & Alemu, A.* (2023). Single- and multi-trait genomic prediction and genome-wide association analysis of grain yield and micronutrient-related traits in ICARDA wheat under drought environment. Mol Genet Genomics (2023).

Zakieh, M., Alemu, A., Henriksson, T., Pareek, N., Singh, P.K. &  Chawade, A.(2023). Exploring GWAS and genomic prediction to improve Septoria tritici blotch resistance in wheat. Sci Rep 13, 15651.

Alemu, A., Batista, L., Singh, P.K., Cepaltis, A. and Chawade, A.* (2023). Haplotype-tagged SNPs improve genomic prediction accuracy for Fusarium head blight resistance and yield-related traits in wheat. Theor Appl Genet 136, 92.

Kondić-Špika, A., Trkulja, D. Brbaklić, L., Mikić, S., Glogovac, S., Johansson, E., Alemu, A., Chawade, A., Rahmatov, M., and Ibba, M.I. (2023). Marker-assisted selection for the improvement of cereals and pseudocereals. In Rakszegi, M., Papageorgiou, M. and Rocha, J.M. (Eds.), Developing Sustainable and Health-Promoting Cereals and Pseudocereals. Elsevier.

Alemu, A., Brantestam, A. K., & Chawade, A.* (2022). Unraveling the Genetic Basis of Key Agronomic Traits of Wrinkled Vining Pea (Pisum sativum L .) for Sustainable Production. Frontiers in Plant Science 13. 

Alemu, A., Brazauskas, G., Gaikpa, D.S., Henriksson, T., Islamov, B., Jørgensen, L.N., Koppel, M., Koppel, R., Liatukas, Ž., Svensson, J.T. and Chawade, A.* (2021). Genome-Wide Association Analysis and Genomic Prediction for Adult-Plant Resistance to Septoria Tritici Blotch and Powdery Mildew in Winter Wheat. Frontiers in Genetics 12. 

Tesfaye, T., Tesfaye, K., Keneni, G., Alemu, T., Alemu, A. (2022). Genome-wide association study for yield-related traits in sesame (Sesamum indicum). Plant Breeding, 1– 11.

Shewabez, E., Bekele, E., Alemu, A., Mugnai, L., Tadesse, W. (2022) . Genetic characterization and genome-wide association mapping for stem rust resistance in spring bread wheat. BMC Genomic Data 23, 11. 

Alemu, A.*, Suliman, S., Hagras, A., Thabet, S. Al-Abdallat, A., Abdelmula, A. A. and Tadesse, W. 2021. Multi-model genome-wide association and genomic prediction analysis of 16 agronomic, physiological and quality related traits in ICARDA spring wheat. Euphytica 217, 205 (2021). 

Alemu, A.*,  El Baouchi, A., El Hanafi, S., Kehel, Z., Eddakhir, K. and Tadesse, W. (2021). Genetic analysis of grain protein content and dough quality traits in elite spring bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) lines through association study. Journal of Cereal Science

Alemu, A.*, Feyissa, T., Maccaferri, M., Sciara, G., Tuberosa, R., Ammar, K., Badebo, A., Acevedo, M., Letta, T. and Abeyo, B. (2021). Genome-wide association analysis unveils novel QTLs for seminal root system architecture traits in Ethiopian durum wheat. BMC Genomics 22.

Suliman, S., Alemu, A. *, Abdelmula, A.A., Badawi, G.H., Al-Abdallat, A. and Tadesse, W. (2021). Genome-wide association analysis uncovers stable QTLs for yield and quality traits of spring bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) across contrasting environments. Plant Gene 25, 100269.

Alemu, A.*, Feyissa, T., Tuberosa, R., Maccaferri, M., Sciara, G., Letta, T. and Abeyo, B. (2020). Genome-wide association mapping for grain shape and color traits in Ethiopian durum wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. durum). The Crop Journal 8, 757–768.

Alemu, A.*, Feyissa, T., Letta, T. and Abeyo, B. (2020). Genetic diversity and population structure analysis based on the high-density SNP markers in Ethiopian durum wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. durum). BMC Genetics 21:18

Alemu, A.*, Petros, Y. and Tesfaye, K. (2013). Genetic distance of sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) cultivars and varieties from Northwestern Ethiopia using inter simple sequence repeat markers. East African Journal of Science 7(1): 31-40.



Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Plant Breeding
Postal address:
Växtförädling, Box 190
234 22 LOMMA
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 10, Alnarp