Genetic Study of Barley Germplasm and Analysis of Segregating Generations of Cultivated and Wild Barley Crosses Under Drought Stress Conditions


Project coordinator:

Pr Mohammad Mahdi Majidi

Dr Aghafakhr Mirlohi

Mohammad Barati (PhD student)

Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding
Collage of Agriculture
Isfahan University of Technology


Barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp. vulgare) is the 4th most important cereal. Wild barley (H. vulgare ssp. spontaneum), the progenitor of cultivated barley is originated from Fertile Crescent and is adapted to drought, the most important abiotic stress limiting crop production in the world and Iran. The project aimed at studying the genetic diversity of cultivated and wild barley under drought stress and transfer of favorite alleles from wild barley to cultivated varieties. The project consists of four studies. 1) Assessment of genetic variation for agro-morphological and root-related traits under drought stressed conditions. 2) Creation and evaluation of segregating populations. 3) Mapping chromosome regions controlling traits involved in drought tolerance. 4) Characterization of transcription factor families in cultivated and wild barley.

CNRGV involvement:

Responsible: William Marande

Identification and characterization of WRKY and DREB transcription factors in barley varieties using non-gridded BAC library approach