Transferring diversity of goat grass to farmers’ fields through the development of synthetic hexaploid wheat

Hafid Aberkane, Genebank Impact Fellow

Hafid is currently a PhD candidate at the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. His dissertation focuses on the contribution of wheat wild relatives to abiotic stress tolerance and yield stability of durum wheat. He holds an MSc in improvement of agricultural production from the Hassan I University, Morocco. He joined ICARDA’s genebank as a Research Assistant in conservation of genetic resources in 2015. He works in the core activities of the genebank related to regeneration, characterization, and conservation of ICARDA’s germplasm collection, including evaluation and pre-breeding activities that ensure the continuum between conservation and use of genetic resources.

The Genebanks

The 11 CGIAR genebanks currently conserve 730,000 of cereals and grain legumes, forage crops, tree species, root and tuber crops, bananas and crop wild relatives.