Ahmed Amri
Honorary Head of Genetic Resources Unit

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

Mining and predictive characterization of resistance to leaf rust (Puccinia hordei Otth) using two subsets of barley genetic resources
Contribution of Wild Relatives to Durum Wheat (Triticum turgidum subsp. durum) Yield Stability across Contrasted Environments
Assessment and modeling using machine learning of resistance to scald (Rhynchosporium commune) in two specifc barley genetic resources subsets
Institutional and farm-level challenges limiting the diffusion of new varieties from public and CGIAR centers: The case of wheat in Morocco
Are continued public sector and CGIAR investments on wheat crop improvement research justifiable? A Moroccan case
Plant Resistance to Cereal and Food Legume Insect pests in North Africa, West and Central Asia: Challenges and Achievements
Assessment of Drought and Heat Tolerance of Durum Wheat Lines Derived from Interspecific Crosses Using Physiological Parameters and Stress Indices
Unlocking the Patterns of the Tunisian Durum Wheat Landraces Genetic Structure Based on Phenotypic Characterization in Relation to Farmer’s Vernacular Name
Evaluation of durum wheat lines derived from interspecific crosses under drought and heat stress
Wild Lathyrus species as a great source of resistance forintrogression into cultivated grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.)against broomrape weeds (Orobanche crenata Forsk. andOrobanche foetida Poir .)
Traits discovery in Hordeum vulgare sbsp. spontaneum accessions and in lines derived from interspecific crosses with wild Hordeum species for enhancing barley breeding efforts
Crop wild relatives use in durum wheat breeding: drift or thrift?
Assessment of Genetic Diversity and Symbiotic Efficiency of Selected Rhizobia Strains Nodulating Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.)
The Global Durum Wheat Panel (GDP): An International Platform to Identify and Exchange Beneficial Alleles
Genome-wide association study of resistance to PstS2 and Warrior races of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (stripe rust) in bread wheat landraces
Safeguarding a global seed heritage from Syria to Svalbard
Journal Article
November 09, 2020

Crop diversity underpins food security and adaptation to climate change. Concerted conservation efforts are needed to maintain and make this diversity available to plant scientists, breeders and farmers. Here we present the story of the rescue and...

Diversity analysis of 80,000 wheat accessions reveals consequences and opportunities of selection footprints
In-Vitro Plant Growth Promotion of Rhizobium Strains Isolated from Lentil Root Nodules under Abiotic Stresses
Biological interpretation of genotype × environment interaction in rainfed durum wheat
Durum Wheat: Globally Minor, Locally Major Crop
July 01, 2020

In this book, experienced scientists in the field describe the importance of durum wheat as an adapted cash crop for drylands in detail, as well as a valuable food crop that must be paid more attention in relation to climate change, global warming...

Transferring diversity of goat grass to farmers’ fields through the development of synthetic hexaploid wheat
Predictive Characterization for Seed Morphometric Traits for Genebank Accessions Using Genomic Selection
Genetic diversity analysis using DArTseq and SNP markers in populations of Aegilops species from Azerbaijan
First Report of Spot Blotch of Barley Caused by Cochliobolus sativus in Morocco
Genome-Wide Genetic Diversity and Population Structure of Tunisian Durum Wheat Landraces Based on DArTseq Technology
Genetic identification of loci for Hessian fly resistance in durum wheat
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...

A Case of Need: Linking Traits to Genebank Accessions
Journal Article
October 12, 2018

Genebanks are responsible for collecting, maintaining, characterizing, documenting, and distributing plant genetic resources for research, education, and breeding purposes. The rationale for requests of plant materials varies highly from areas of...

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
Setting conservation priorities for crop wild relatives in the Fertile Crescent
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...

Field evaluation of durum wheat landraces forprevailing abiotic and biotic stresses in highlandrainfed regions of Iran
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
Phenotypic diversity and relationships among a worldwide durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. var. durum) germplasm collection under rainfed conditions of Iran
Genotype × environment interaction and genetic improvement for yield and yield stability of rainfed durum wheat in Iran
Genotype x Environment Interaction for Durum Wheat Grain Yield and Selection for Drought Tolerance in Irrigated and Droughted Environments in Iran
Focused Identification Of Germplasm Strategy (Figs) Detects Wheat Stem Rust Resistance Linked To Environmental Variables
Graphic Analysis of Trait Relations and Genotype Evaluation in Durum Wheat
Tracking of powdery mildew and leaf rust resistance genes in Triticum boeoticum and T. urartu, wild relatives of common wheat
Evaluation of durum wheat experimental lines under different climate and water regime conditions of Iran
Sources of resistance in bread wheat to Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia) in Syria identified using the Focused Identification of Germplasm Strategy (FIGS)
Genetic variability of some agronomic traits in the Iranian Fenugreek landraces under drought stress and non-stress conditions
Biplot Analysis of Rainfed Barley Multienvironment Trials in Iran
Analysis of Genotype x Environment Interactions for Grain Yield in Durum Wheat