Ahmed Amri
Head of GRS/Deputy Director of BCI

Dr. Ahmed Amri coordinates ICARDA’s Genetic Resources Section. In this role he applies best practices for the conservation of dryland agrobiodiversity and contributes to pre-breeding efforts. His current research interests cover breeding, including participatory variety selection, and gap analysis for ex situ and in situ conservation of genetic resources.

Prior to joining ICARDA, Dr. Amri worked as a cereal breeder at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Morocco for 20 years where he released a total of 20 varieties. He joined ICARDA in 1999 to coordinate the West Asia Project on the Conservation of Dryland Agrobiodiversity, and subsequently served as regional coordinator for West Asia (2001 and 2008).

Dr. Amri earned his Ph.D. in genetics and plant breeding from Kansas State University in 1989, and received a joint master’s degree in plant breeding from the University of Minnesota and the Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco, in 1980.

Dr. Amri has authored and co-authored more than 138 publications, including 72 peer-reviewed journals. He is also the recipient of several awards and honors, including recognition awards from Jordan’s National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension, the University of Jordan, and the American Society of Entomology.

Ahmed Amri's Publications

Genome-Wide Genetic Diversity and Population Structure of Tunisian Durum Wheat Landraces Based on DArTseq Technology
Digital Diffusion for Inclusive Agroecosystems
Book Chapter
November 28, 2018

The technological advancements in agriculture have resulted in higher yields but lower ecological efficiency and nutritional value. Little innovations in later sectors such as integrating ecological functions in the production systems have crippled...

Slow rusting of bread wheat landraces to Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici under artificial field inoculation
Towards the conservation of crop wild relative diversity in North Africa: checklist, prioritisation and inventory
Wide crosses of durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) reveal good disease resistance, yield stability, and industrial quality across Mediterranean sites
Genetic Diversity within a Global Panel of Durum Wheat (Triticum durum) landraces and Modern Germplasm reveals the History of Alleles Exchange
The use of AMMI model for interpreting genotype x environment interaction in durum wheat
ICARDA Efforts to Promote In Situ/On-farm Conservation of Dryland Agrobiodiversity
New faba bean germplasm with multiple resistances to Ascochyta blight, chocolate spot and rust diseases
Improving wheat production in the CWANA region
Book Chapter
July 31, 2016

Wheat is the principal staple food in most countries of the Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region, accounting for 45% of the region’s per capita calorie intake with an average wheat consumption of about 200 kg/capita/year, which is...

Assessment of on-farm conservation of dryland agrobiodiversity and its impact on rural livelihoods in the Fertile Crescent
Global Wild Annual Lens Collection: A Potential Resource for Lentil Genetic Base Broadening and Yield Enhancement
Genotype x Environment Interaction for Durum Wheat Grain Yield and Selection for Drought Tolerance in Irrigated and Droughted Environments in Iran
Graphic Analysis of Trait Relations and Genotype Evaluation in Durum Wheat
Genetic variability of some agronomic traits in the Iranian Fenugreek landraces under drought stress and non-stress conditions