Wubishet Bekele, Ph.D.

Current research and/or projects

  • Genomics-assisted breeding research and development
  • Breeding oriented genomic resources and databases
  • Functional genomics and pre-breeding research
  • Pan-genomics in cultivated oat and genome evolution in the genus Avena



Research and/or project statements

  • Industry-led breeding, genomics and agronomy research to improve oat yield. The Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA) co-funded this project that aims at applying genomic tools in Ottawa and Brandon RDC oat breeding programs.

  • Targeted and Useful Genomics for Barley and Oat (TUGBOAT) is a management-driven project that aims at developing genomics tools and applying genomic selection in barley and oat breeding programs at Ottawa and Brandon RDCs.

Education and awards

B.Sc. Plant Sciences, Debub University, Hawassa, Ethiopia

M.Sc. Agro-biotechnology, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Genomics, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

International experience and/or work

  • Research Scientist (Postdoctoral), Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

  • Research Scientist (Doctoral student), Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

  • Internship at Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany

  • Assistant Researcher, Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization (EARO), Ethiopia

Key publications

  1. You FM, Xu W, Tucker JR, Khanal R, Beattie A, Brar G, Fu Y-B, Zheng C, Malti S, Shah K, Liton U, Holden S, Yao Z, Singh J, Boyle B, Belzile F, Mascher M, Tinker N, Bekele W, and Badea A. Reference-level genome assemblies and comparative analysis of five representative Canadian barley cultivars. 2024 Barley Symposium – From the Ground Up. February 26-27, Saskatoon, Canada (Oral talk)

    2024 - View publication details

  2. Agricultural Innovations (Volume V) https://collab.agr.gc.ca/br-dg/stb-dgst/Documents/Annual%20Publications/Agricultural%20Innovations%20Vol%20V.pdf

    2022 - View publication details

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    2022 - View publication details

  4. Xu, W., Tucker, J.R., Bekele, W.A., You, F.M., Fu, Y.B., Khanal, R., Yao, Z., Singh, J., Boyle, B., Beattie, A.D., Belzile, F., Mascher, M., Tinker, N.A., Badea, A. (2021). Genome assembly of the canadian two-row malting barley cultivar AAC synergy. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, [online] 11(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/g3journal/jkab031

    2021 - View publication details

  5. Panel Discussion #2: Innovation & Collaboration in the CFCRA Oat Project. Weikai Yan, Wubi Bekele, & Nick Tinker. CFCRA Virtual Research Summit - Innovating for the Future. Feb 2-3, 2021.

    2021 - View publication details

  6. Yan, H., Zhou, P., Peng, Y., Bekele, W.A., Ren, C., Tinker, N.A., Peng, Y. (2020). Genetic diversity and genome-wide association analysis in Chinese hulless oat germplasm. Theoretical and Applied Genetics (TAG), [online] 133(12), 3365-3380. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-020-03674-1

    2020 - View publication details

  7. Kebede, A.Z., Bekele, W.A., Mitchell Fetch, J.W., Beattie, A.D., Chao, S., Tinker, N.A., Fetch, T.G., McCartney, C.A. (2020). Localization of the stem rust resistance gene Pg2 to linkage group Mrg20 in cultivated oat (Avena sativa). Phytopathology, [online] 110(10), 1721-1726. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-03-20-0076-R

    2020 - View publication details

  8. Genomics-assisted breeding of oat. Nicholas Tinker, Wubishet Bekele, Weikai Yan
    Asuka Itaya, Charlene Wight. Federal Government Plant Breeding Report on June 2020 Virtual Sessions

    2020 - View publication details

  9. Zhao, J., Kebede, A.Z., Bekele, W.A., Menzies, J.G., Chong, J., Mitchell Fetch, J.W., Tinker, N.A., Beattie, A.D., Peng, Y.Y., McCartney, C.A. (2020). Mapping of the oat crown rust resistance gene PC39 relative to single nucleotide polymorphism markers. Plant Disease, [online] 104(5), 1507-1513. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-09-19-2002-RE

    2020 - View publication details

  10. Bekele, W.A., Itaya, A., Boyle, B., Yan, W., Mitchell Fetch, J., Tinker, N.A. (2020). A targeted genotyping-by-sequencing tool (Rapture) for genomics-assisted breeding in oat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics (TAG), [online] 133(2), 653-664. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-019-03496-w

    2020 - View publication details

  11. Kebede, A.Z., Admassu-Yimer, B., Bekele, W.A., Gordon, T., Bonman, J.M., Babiker, E., Jin, Y., Gale, S., Wight, C.P., Tinker, N.A., Menzies, J.G., Beattie, A.D., Mitchell Fetch, J., Fetch, T.G., Esvelt Klos, K., McCartney, C.A. (2020). Mapping of the stem rust resistance gene Pg13 in cultivated oat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics (TAG), [online] 133(1), 259-270. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-019-03455-5

    2020 - View publication details

  12. Samanfar, B., Cober, E.R., Charette, M., Tan, L.H., Bekele, W.A., Morrison, M.J., Kilian, A., Belzile, F., Molnar, S.J. (2019). Genetic Analysis of High Protein Content in ‘AC Proteus’ Related Soybean Populations Using SSR, SNP, DArT and DArTseq Markers. Scientific Reports, [online] 9(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-55862-9

    2019 - View publication details

  13. Sunstrum, F.G., Bekele, W.A., Wight, C.P., Yan, W., Chen, Y., Tinker, N.A. (2019). A genetic linkage map in southern-by-spring oat identifies multiple quantitative trait loci for adaptation and rust resistance. Plant Breeding, [online] 138(1), 82-94. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pbr.12666

    2019 - View publication details

  14. Bekele, W.A., Wight, C.P., Chao, S., Howarth, C.J., Tinker, N.A. (2018). Haplotype-based genotyping-by-sequencing in oat genome research. Plant Biotechnology Journal, [online] 16(8), 1452-1463. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pbi.12888

    2018 - View publication details

  15. Yan, H., Bekele, W. A., Wight, C. P., Peng, Y., Langdon, T., Latta, R. G., Fu, Y.-B., Diederichsen, A., Howarth, C. J., Jellen, E. N., Boyle, B., Wei, Y., and Tinker, N. A., 2016: High-density marker profiling confirms ancestral genomes of Avena species and identifies D-genome chromosomes of hexaploid oat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 129, 2133–2149.

    2016 - View publication details

  16. Yan, H., Martin, S.L., Bekele, W.A., Latta, R.G., Diederichsen, A., Peng, Y., Tinker, N.A. (2016). Genome size variation in the genus Avena. Genome, [online] 59(3), 209-220. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/gen-2015-0132

    2016 - View publication details

  17. Tinker, N.A., Bekele, W.A., Hattori, J. (2016). Haplotag: Software for haplotype-based genotyping-by-sequencing analysis. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, [online] 6(4), 857-863. http://dx.doi.org/10.1534/g3.115.024596

    2016 - View publication details

Research facility

960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6



Other languages

Amharic, German