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Firuz Odilbekov

Firuz Odilbekov


Education / Academic experience:

Researcher (2020 - Current), Department of Plant Breeding, SLU
Post Doc (2016-2020), Department of Plant Breeding, SLU
PhD in Agriculture (2010-2015), Department of Plant Protection Biology, SLU
Junior researcher (2006-2010), Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Masters in Agriculture (2001-2006), Tajik Agrarian University


Assistant supervisor

Jonas Skytte af Sätra, PhD student at the Department of Plant Breeding, SLU
Mustafa Zakieh, PhD student at the Department of Plant Breeding, SLU

Selected publications


Firuz Odilbekov, Catja Selga, Rodomiro Ortiz, Aakash Chawade, Erland  Liljeroth. QTL Mapping for Resistance to Early Blight in a Tetraploid Potato Population. Agronomy 2020, 10(5), 728;

Sophie M. Brouwer*, Firuz Odilbekov*, Dharani Dhar Burra, Marit Lenman, Pete E. Hedley, Laura Grenville-Briggs, Erik Alexandersson, Erland Liljeroth and Erik Andreasson. (2020). Intact salicylic acid signalling is required for potato defence against the necrotrophic fungus Alternaria solani. Plant Molecular Biology,

* Equally contributing authors

Xinyao He, Muhammad Rezaul Kabir, Krishna K. Roy,  Md. Babul Anwar,  Kaijie Xu,· Felix Marza, Firuz Odilbekov, Aakash Chawade, Etienne Duveiller, Eric Huttner and  Pawan K. Singh. QTL mapping for field resistance to wheat blast in the Caninde#1/ Alondra population Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 2020; 

Jonas Skytte af Sätraa, Michela Troggio, Firuz Odilbekov, Jasna Sehic, Helena Mattisson, Inger Hjalmarssond, Pär K. Ingvarsson, Larisa Garkava-Gustavsson. Genetic Status of the Swedish Central collection of heirloom apple cultivars. Scientia Horticulturae,2020;


Firuz Odilbekov, Rita Armoniené, Alexander Koc, Jan T. Svensson and Aakash Chawade. (2019). GWAS assisted genomic prediction to predict resistance to Septoria tritici blotch in Nordic winter wheat at seedling stage. Front. Genet., 26 November 2019 |

Firuz Odilbekov, Xinyao He, Rita Armoniené, Ganapathi Varma Saripella, Tina Henriksson, Pawan Kumar Singh and Aakash Chawade. (2019). QTL Mapping and Transcriptome Analysis to Identify Differentially Expressed Genes Induced by Septoria Tritici Blotch Disease of Wheat. Agronomy //

Firuz Odilbekov, Eva Edin, Hadis Mostafanezhad, Hilde Coolman, Laura J. Grenville-Briggs and Erland Liljeroth. (2019). Within season changes in Alternaria solani populations in potato in response to fungicide application strategies. European Journal of Plant Pathology


Firuz Odilbekov, Rita Armoniené, Tina Henriksson and Aakash Chawade. (2018). Proximal phenotyping and machine learning approach for detecting Septoria tritici blotch in wheat leaves. Front. Plant Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00685.

Armoniené, R., Odilbekov, F., Vivekanand, V., Chawade, A. (2018). Affordable imaging lab for non-invasive analysis of biomass and early vigour in cereal crops. Research International.


Chawade, A., Armoniené, R., Odilbekov, F., & Henriksson, T. (2017). Regional variation i resistens mot svartpricksjuka hos höstvetesorter, Nr 70. Rapport från växtodlings- och växtskyddsdagar i Växjö. Meddelande Från Södra Jordbruksvörsöksdistriktet. Växjö: SLU.

Eva Edin, Firuz Odilbekov and Erland Liljeroth. Needs oriented treatment against Alternaria solani in ware potato. Sixteenth euroblight workshop Aarhus – Denmark 14-17th May 2017. Special report no 18 – 2017, 191-192.


Odilbekov, F., Edin, E., Garkava-Gustavsson, L., Persson Hovmalm. H. & Liljeroth, E.  (2016). Genetic diversity and occurrence of the F129L substitutions among isolates of Alternaria solani in south-eastern Sweden. Hereditas, 153(1), 1-10.

L. Garkava-Gustavsson, M. Ghasemkhani, K. Dalman, J. Sehic, A. Zborowska, M. Dörre, F. Odilbekov, H. Turesson, E. Alexandersson, J. Willforss, B. Canbäck, J.- E. Englund, H. Nybom, T. Zhebentyayeva, E. van de Weg. A multidisciplinary approach for a better understanding of resistance to European canker in apple. The First International Apple Symposium, 10-16th October, 2016, Yangling, Shaanxi, China (Poster).


Liljeroth, Erland, Firuz Odilbekov and Eva Edin. "Fungicide strategies against early blight and presence of F129L in Sweden." PPO-Special Report no. 17 (2015): 101.

Edin E, Odilbekov F, Liljeroth E. Genotyper och strobilurintolerans hos svampen Alternaria solani i potatis. Nationell växtskyddskonferens, Uppsala, November 10-11, 2015


Odilbekov, F., Carlson-Nilsson, U., & Liljeroth, E. (2014). Phenotyping early blight resistance in potato cultivars and breeding clones. Euphytica, 1-11, doi: 10.1007/s10681-013-1054-4.

Researcher leave of absence at the Institutionen för växtförädling
Postal address:
Växtförädling, Box 190
234 22 LOMMA
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 10, Alnarp