Wuletaw Tadesse Degu

Wuletaw Tadesse Degu
Principal Scientist - Spring Bread Wheat Breeder

Dr. Wuletaw Tadesse Degu leads the spring bread wheat breeding program at ICARDA. Before joining the Center in 2010 he worked at CIMMYT as a postdoctoral wheat breeder and in the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute as a crop breeder. 

Dr. Tadesse’s research focuses on the development of widely adapted and high yielding wheat genotypes with resistance to major biotic (diseases and insects) and abiotic (drought and heat) stresses in sub-Saharan Africa and the Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region. His program distributes more than 300 elite spring bread wheat genotypes on an annual basis through international nurseries to national agricultural research programs.  In the past five years alone, more than 60 ICARDA wheat varieties have been released by national programs in sub-Saharan Africa and CWANA.

Dr. Tadesse has published more than 30 articles in ISI journals, and supervised 15 master’s and Ph.D. students. He received his Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and his master’s degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.   

Wuletaw Tadesse Degu's Publications

Genetic Dissection of Drought Tolerance of Elite Bread Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Genotypes Using Genome Wide Association Study in Morocco
Wheat Production and Breeding in Ethiopia: Retrospect and Prospects
Genome wide association study for stripe rust resistance in spring bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)
Drought-Tolerance QTLs Associated with Grain Yield and Related Traits in Spring Bread Wheat
Hybrid Seed Set in Relation with Male Floral Traits, Estimation of Heterosis and Combining Abilities for Yield and Its Components in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)
Genetic characterization and genome-wide association mapping for stem rust resistance in spring bread wheat
Phenotypic assessment of bread wheat genotypes under salt stress using multivariate analysis
Evaluation Of Elite Bread Wheat Genotypes And Egyptian cultivars for salinity tolerance under saline conditions in Egypt
Genome-wide association study of agronomy and morphology and morphology traits in elite spring wheat Germplasm evaluated under salt stress conditions in Egypt
Multi-model genome-wide association and genomic prediction analysis of 16 agronomic, physiological and quality related traits in ICARDA spring wheat
Institutional and farm-level challenges limiting the diffusion of new varieties from public and CGIAR centers: The case of wheat in Morocco
Genetic analysis of grain protein content and dough quality traits in elite spring bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) lines through association study
Genome wide association and prediction studies of agronomic and quality traits in spring beard wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) under rain-fed environment with terminal moisture stress
Genome-Wide Association and Prediction of Male and Female Floral Hybrid Potential Traits in Elite Spring Bread Wheat Genotypes
Genome-wide association study for adult plant resistance to yellow rust in spring bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)
Genome wide association study of grain yield and yield related traits in spring bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) under drought and heat conditions in three different locations
Genome-wide association analysis uncovers stable QTLs for yield and quality traits of spring bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) across contrasting environments
Phenotypic evaluation of elite spring bread wheat genotypes for hybrid potential traits
Screening of Drought Tolerant Bread Wheat  (Triticum aestivum L.) Genotypes using Yield Based  Drought Tolerance Indices
Legume-based rotations have clear economic advantages over cereal monocropping in dry areas
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°...

Heat-Tolerant QTLs Associated with Grain Yield and Its Components in Spring Bread Wheat under Heat-Stressed Environments of Sudan and Egypt
Wheat production and breeding in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and opportunities in the face of climate change
Development of SNP assays for hessian fly response genes, Hfr-1 and Hfr-2, for marker-assisted selection in wheat breeding
Heat stress in filling stage confers distinct effect on starch granules formation in different thermotolerant wheat accessions
Genome-wide association study for agronomic and physiological traits in spring wheat evaluated in a range of heat prone environments
Role of Sustainable Wheat Production to Ensure Food Security in the CWANA region
QTL mapping identifies a major locus for resistance in wheat to Sunn pest (Eurygaster integriceps) feeding at the vegetative growth stage
Effective Selection Criteria for Screening Drought Tolerant and High Yielding Bread Wheat Genotypes
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...

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...

 Wheat Breeding at ICARDA: Achievements and Prospects in the CWANA Region
A SNP marker for the selection of HfrDrd, a Hessian fly-response gene in wheat
Genome-Wide Association Mapping of Yield and Grain Quality Traits in Winter Wheat Genotypes
Association Mapping of Resistance to Yellow Rust in Winter Wheat Cultivars and Elite Genotypes
Breeding progress for yield in winter wheat genotypes targeted to irrigated environments of the CWANA region
Capturing the Heterogeneity of the Error Variances of a Group of Genotypes in Crop Cultivar Trials
Relationship of seedling and adult plant resistance and evaluation of wheat germplasm against tan spot (Pyrenophora tritici-repentis)