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Desalegn Serba

Research Geneticist (Plants)

Water Management and Conservation Research Unit

USDA-ARS, US Arid-Land Agricultural ResearchCenter


Desalegn D. Serba, PhD

Research Geneticist (Plants)
US Arid-Land Agricultural ResearchCenter

21881 North Cardon Lane
Maricopa, Arizona, USA 85138
520-316-6330 (FAX)


Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA 2009
M.Sc. Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, India 1999
B.Sc. Plant Sciences, Haramaya University, Ethiopia 1992


Research Interests: 

••         My areas of expertise include, utilization of conventional and genomic-assisted approaches to characterize genetic variability, germplasm enhancement, and development of improved aesthetic value, and biotic & abiotic stress tolerance in grasses.

••         Conducting genome-wide association studies using high throughput field-based phenotyping and reduced-representation DNA sequencing (genotyping) platforms to develop applicable markers linked to quantitative traits.

••         Identification of candidate genes underlying desirable traits that can be targeted for cultivar improvement using marker-assisted selection technique.



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