Durum wheat is a staple food of the Mediterranean Basin, mostly cultivated under rainfed conditions. As such, the crop is often exposed to moisture stress. Therefore, the identification of genetic factors controlling the capacity of genotypes to...
Filippo Bassi is a senior scientist leading ICARDA's Durum Wheat Breeding Program, which aims to deliver superior varieties with increased yields against a backdrop of rapid climate change. He also works in Ethiopia, India, Senegal, Mauritania, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, and several other countries, to improve local scientists’ capacity to innovate.
He was the recipient of the 2017 OLAM Prize for Innovation in Food Security for the release of heat-tolerant durum wheat varieties in the Senegal River Basin, and also won the Beachell-Borlaug Scholarship. He is a member of the Wheat Initiative’s Scientific Steering Committee, which oversees the Expert Working Group in Durum Wheat.
Dr. Bassi holds a Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics from North Dakota State University in the United States, and a master’s degree in plant biotechnology from the University of Reggio Emilia in Italy and the University of Adelaide in Australia.