Filippo Bassi
Principal Investigator Genetic Innovation

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.

Filippo Bassi's Publications

Evaluation of Durum Wheat Genotypes for Resistance against Root Rot Disease Caused by Moroccan Fusarium culmorum Isolates
Crop Wild Relatives Crosses: Multi-Location Assessment in Durum Wheat, Barley, and Lentil
Institutional and farm-level challenges limiting the diffusion of new varieties from public and CGIAR centers: The case of wheat in Morocco
Crop wild relatives use in durum wheat breeding: drift or thrift?
Effect of temperature on the expression of resistance to Hessian fly (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) in durum wheat cultivars
The Global Durum Wheat Panel (GDP): An International Platform to Identify and Exchange Beneficial Alleles
Genomic Regions Associated with the Control of Flowering Time in Durum Wheat
Combining QTL Analysis and Genomic Predictions for Four Durum Wheat Populations Under Drought Conditions
Loci Controlling Adaptation to Heat Stress Occurring at the Reproductive Stage in Durum Wheat
Genetic Gain for Yield and Allelic Diversity over 35 Years of Durum Wheat Breeding at ICARDA
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
Wide crosses of durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) reveal good disease resistance, yield stability, and industrial quality across Mediterranean sites
Adaptation and Stability Analysis of ICARDA Durum Wheat Elites across 18 Countries
Genetic Diversity within a Global Panel of Durum Wheat (Triticum durum) landraces and Modern Germplasm reveals the History of Alleles Exchange
Race structure of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis in Morocco
Journal Article
May 10, 2017

The virulence of 135 single-spore isolates of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis, collected from durum wheat fields representing most of the major agro-ecological zones of Morocco from 2013 to 2015, was assessed on six international differential wheat...

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...

Fast-forward genetics by radiation hybrids to saturate the locus regulating nuclear–cytoplasmic compatibility in Triticum
Breeding schemes for the implementation of genomic selection in wheat (Triticum spp.)
Journal Article
November 24, 2013

Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) flour represents one of the primary sources of calories and proteins for the human diet.
The increase in the wheat yield without losing its baking and milling quality is an important breeding objective. The
use of QTL...

Radiation hybrid QTL mapping of Tdes2 involved in the first meiotic division of wheat
Development of COS-SNP and HRM markers for highthroughput and reliable haplotype-based detection of Lr14a in durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.)
A radiation hybrid map of chromosome 1D reveals synteny conservation at a wheat speciation locus
Wheat Zapper: a flexible online tool for colinearity studies in grass genomes