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Kebede Muleta

      Designation     Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Sorghum Genetics and Genomics

      Address          3716 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center
                             1712 Claflin Road
                             Kansas State University
                             Manhattan, KS  66506-0110                  

      Phone              (509)-288-2273

      Supervisor       Morris, Geoffrey P.


  •   January 2012-July 2016: Ph.D. Degree (Crop Science), Washington State University, Pullman, USA.
  •   September 2004-July 2006: M.S. Degree (Plant Pathology), Haramaya University, Haramaya, Ethiopia.
  •   September 1996-July 2000: B.S. Degree (Plant Sciences), Haramaya University, Haramaya, Ethiopia.



  •   February 2017 to present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State                                                              University, Manhattan, KS, USA: Genomic-assisted breeding for developing                                                      countries USAID-Haiti/SMIL
  •  July 2016 – February 2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences;                                                       Washington State University, Pullman, USA: Molecular genetics of stripe rust                                                    resistance in wheat
  •  January 2012 to July 2016: Graduate Research Assistant, Washington State University, Pullman,                                                               USA: Genome-wide mapping and genomic prediction for resistance to rusts                                                        (Puccinia spp.) in wheat germplasm collections.
  •   October 2009 - January 2012: Associate Researcher, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR),                                                       Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Wheat Breeding, Genetics, and Pathology.
  • January 2001 to August 2009: Research Pathologist, Oromia Agricultural Research Institute, Addis                                                                  Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Kebede T. Muleta, Peter Bulli, Michael Pumphrey, Zhiwu Zhang and Xianming Chen, 2016. Unlocking diversity in germplasm collections by genomic selection: a case study based on quantitative adult plant resistance to stripe rust in spring wheat. Accepted, The Plant Genome. 
  • Yukiko Naruoka, Kaori Ando, Peter Bulli, Kebede T. Muleta, Sheri Rynearson, and Michael O. Pumphrey Identification and validation of SNP markers linked to the stripe rust resistance gene Yr5 in wheat. Crop Sci. 56:1–11 (2016). doi: 10.2135/cropsci2016.03.0189. 
  • Wan A. M., Muleta, K. T., Zegeye, H., Hundie, B., Pumphrey, M. O., and Chen, X. M. 2017. Virulence Characterization of Wheat Stripe Rust Fungus Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici in Ethiopia and valuation of Ethiopian Wheat Germplasm for Resistance to Races of the Pathogen from Ethiopia and the United States, Plant Disease, 101(1). 
  • Pablo Olivera, Maria Newcomb, Les J. Szabo, Matthew Rouse, Jerry Johnson, Samuel Gale, Douglas G. Luster, David Hodson, James A. Cox, Laura Burgin, Matt Hort, Christopher A. Gilligan, Mehran Patpour, Annemarie F. Justesen, Mogens S. Hovmøller, Getaneh Woldeab, Endale Hailu, Bekele Hundie, Kebede Tadesse, Michael Pumphrey, Ravi P. Singh, Yue Jin, 2015. Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of race TKTTF of Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici that caused a wheat stem rust epidemic in southern Ethiopia in 2013/14, Phytopathology 105:917-928. 
  • Kebede Tadesse, Amare Ayalew and Ayale Badebo, 2010. Effect of Fungicide on the Development of Wheat Stem Rust and Yield of Wheat Varieties in Highlands of Ethiopia. African Crop Science Journal, 18 (1):23-33.
  • Kebede Tadesse and Bekele Hundie, 2009. Patterns of Urediospore Movement and Monitoring Epidemics of Stem Rust (Puccinia graminis f.sp.tritici) on Durum Wheat in Southeastern Ethiopia. East African Journal of Science, 3 (2): 78-88.