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

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
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
Wheat
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
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