Lodging and drought resistant tef.

– Zerihun Tadele –


Zerihun Tadele holds PhD in Molecular Plant Biology from the University of Basel in Switzerland, MSc in Agronomy from Haramaya University and BSc from Addis Ababa University, College of Agriculture. He did his habilitation at the University of Bern in Switzerland. At the present time, he is a Group Leader at the Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern and Adjunct Associate Professor at Addis Ababa University, Institute of Biotechnology. He is also a member of CDE (Center for Development and Environment) at the University of Bern. His current research focuses on tackling major yield limiting factors in tef (Eragrostis tef), a cereal crop of major importance in Ethiopia where it is annually cultivated on about 3 million ha of land and is a staple food for over 60 million people. His group collaborates with several institutions in Switzerland, Ethiopia and other countries; and implements agronomic, genetic and genomic tools to develop tef cultivars with desirable traits. Zerihun has won the 2013 Maag Prize in Switzerland and the 2015 Swiss International Agricultural Research Award. Zerihun is a member of SPSW (Swiss Plant Science Web), EPSO (European Plant Science Organization), EUCARPIA (European Association for Research on Plant Breeding) and ESA (European Society of Agronomy). Further information is available here: http://www.ips.unibe.ch/research/tef/index_eng.html or http://www.tef-research.org/

Selected publications

• Cannarozzi G. et al. (2018). Technology generation to dissemination: lessons learned from the tef improvement project. Euphytica 214:31.
• Girma D. et al. (2018). Genotyping by sequencing reasserts the close relationship between tef and its putative wild Eragrostis progenitors. Diversity 10(2):17.
• Kamies R. et al. (2017). A proteomic approach to investigate the drought response in the orphan crop Eragrostis tef. Proteomes 5(4):32.
• Assefa K. et al. (2017). Tef. In: Patil JV. (ed.) Millets and Sorghum: Biology and Genetic Improvement. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 226-265.
• Bekele A. et al. (2017). Lead farmers approach in disseminating improved tef production technologies. Ethiopian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 27:25-36.
• Tadele Z. (2017). Raising Crop Productivity in Africa through Intensification. Agronomy 7:22.
• Tadele Z. (2016). Mutagenesis and TILLING to Dissect Gene Function in Plants. Current Genomics 17:499-508.
• Plaza-Wüthrich S. et al. (2016). Gibberellin deficiency confers both lodging and drought tolerance in small cereals. Frontiers in Plant Science 7:643.
• Tadele Z. (2016). Drought Adaptation in Millets. In: Shanker AK, Shanker C. (eds.) Abiotic and Biotic Stress in Plants – Recent Advances and Future Perspectives. InTech. pp. 639-662.
• Assefa K. et al. (2015). Genetic diversity in tef. Frontiers in Plant Science 6:177.
• Jöst M. et al. (2015). Semi-dwarfism and lodging tolerance in tef is linked to a mutation in the α-Tubulin 1 gene. Journal of Experimental Botany 66:933-944.
• Cannarozzi G. et al. (2014). Genome and transcriptome sequencing identifies breeding targets in the orphan crop tef. BMC Genomics 15:581.