Michael Baum

Michael Baum
BCI Program and Morocco Platform Director

Dr. Michael Baum is director of ICARDA’s Biodiversity and Crop Improvement Program, which comprises 30 scientists and 67 technical staff whose work ranges from crop breeding and cereal and legume pathology to virology and pollinators. Since joining ICARDA in 1992 as a biotechnologist, he has overseen ICARDA’s biodiversity and crop management work in a number of countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

Dr. Baum has been instrumental in establishing ICARDA’s partnerships with global research institutes, including the Centre for Biotechnology in Tunisia; Hannover and Frankfurt University in Germany; Cornell University in the United States; the Australian Center for Plant Functional Genomics; and other CGIAR centers. He has attracted over $10 million in funding to build ICARDA’s biotechnology program and strengthened biotech research across the dry areas.

Dr. Baum has published over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles, 30 book chapters, and 40 conference papers. He was also guest professor at Ghuangzhou University, China, between 2009 and 2012, and received the ‘Frosty Hill Fellowship’ from Cornell University in 2000. Throughout his career, he has supervised scores of post-doctoral fellows and Ph.D. students. Dr. Baum holds a Ph.D. in plant breeding and cytogenetics from the University of Göttingen in Germany.

Michael Baum's Publications

Wheat Breeding Handbook at ICARDA
December 04, 2019

Wheat is the most widely adapted crop, growing in diverse environments ranging from sea
level to regions as high as 4570 m.a.s.l. in Tibet (Percival, 1921) and from the Arctic Circle
to the equator, but most suitably at the latitude range of 30° and...

Multi-dimensional evaluation of response to salt stress in wheat
Assessing Genetic Diversity of Shishi Date Palm Cultivars in Saudi Arabia and Qatar Using Microsatellite Markers
Heat-Tolerant QTLs Associated with Grain Yield and Its Components in Spring Bread Wheat under Heat-Stressed Environments of Sudan and Egypt
Genetic and transcriptional variations in NRAMP‑2 and OPAQUE1 genes are associated with salt stress response in wheat.
Breeding and genomics status in faba bean (Vicia faba)
Journal Article
September 24, 2018

Faba bean is an important legume crop because of its high‐yield potential and nutrition‐dense grains. There have been significant achievements in faba bean improvement in the last four decades, which led to the doubling of the global yield average....

Slow rusting of bread wheat landraces to Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici under artificial field inoculation
Assessment of genetic diversity and yield performance in Jordanian barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) landraces grown under Rainfed conditions
Role of Sustainable Wheat Production to Ensure Food Security in the CWANA region
Genetic variations of HvP5CS1 and their association with drought tolerance related traits in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)
Date Palm Genetic Diversity Analysis Using Microsatellite Polymorphism
Construction of new EST-SSRs for Fusarium resistant wheat breeding
Sélection de lignées d’orge (Hordeum vulgare L.) pour leur résistance au barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) et évaluation de leurs performances agronomiques
Development of a panel of unigene derived polymorphic EST-SSR markers in lentil using public database information
Book Chapter
September 14, 2016

Wheat is one of the most important staple crops of global food and nutritional security. The demand for wheat has been increasing substantially with the increasing human population pressure. Wheat genetic resources including crop wild relatives (CWRs...

Impacts of International Wheat Improvement Research
August 26, 2016

Wheat is a major source of calories and protein for consumers in developing countries. The “Green Revolution” improved the national food security and welfare of the poor in developing countries in the second half of the 20th century. However,...

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...

Identification and Characterization of Salt Tolerance of Wheat Germplasm Using a Multivariable Screening Approach
Morphological and molecular genetic diversity of Syrian indigenous goat populations
Genetic variation in winter barley and selection of high yielding lines
Current knowledge in lentil genomics and its application for crop improvement
A SSR kit to study genetic diversity in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)
Association Mapping of Resistance to Yellow Rust in Winter Wheat Cultivars and Elite Genotypes
Association Analysis of Genotypic and Phenotypic Traits Using SSR Marker in Durum Wheat
Breeding progress for yield in winter wheat genotypes targeted to irrigated environments of the CWANA region
Variation at the vernalisation genes Vrn‑H1 and Vrn‑H2 determines growth and yield stability in barley (Hordeum vulgare) grown under dryland conditions in Syria
Genetic diversity among summer and winter Beauveria bassiana populations as revealed by AFLP analysis
Genetic differentiation in Pyrenophora teres f. teres populations from Syria and Tunisia as assessed by AFLP markers
Genetic diversity of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis in Algeria as revealed by amplified fragement length polymorphism (AFLP) analysis
SSR analysis of introgression of drought tolerance from the genome of Hordeum spontaneum into cultivated barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp vulgare)
Pathogenic and genetic diversity of Didymella rabiei affecting chickpea in Syria
Distribution and factors affecting lentil wilt.  l
Journal Article
April 23, 2013

جرت عمليات المسح الحقلي لمرض ذبول العدس في معظم مناطق انتشار وزراعة العدس في سورية خلال موسمي 2008/2009 و2009/2010،
بهدف تحديد أماكن انتشار المرض والعوامل المؤثرة في تطوره. وقد بينت النتائج انتشار المرض في جميع المحافظات التي تزرع العدس خلال الموسمين...

Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in HSP17.8 and Their Association with Agronomic Traits in Barley
New microsatellite markers for assessment of genetic diversity in date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.)
Assessment of genetic diversity for some Iraqi date palms (Phoenix dactylifera L.) using amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLP) markers
Biotechnology and gene mapping in lentil
Journal Article
July 31, 2011

Genomic tools and genetic mapping are assisting the understanding of the lentil genome and have made possible the use of marker assisted selection for breeding purposes. Although some important traits are conferred by single genes most are determined...

Genetic Diversity of Iraqi Date Palms Revealed By Microsatellite Polymorphism
Chickpea Ascochyta Blight: Disease Status and Pathogen Mating Type Distribution in Syria
Development of 1000 Microsatellite Markers across the Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) Genome