Zerihun Tadele

University of Bern Switzerland

Zerihun Tadele holds PhD in Botany from the University of Basel, MSc in Agronomy from Haramaya University and BSc from Addis Ababa University. He did his habilitation at the University of Bern in Switzerland. At the present time, he is a Group Leader at the Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern and Adjunct Associate Professor at Addis Ababa University, Institute of Biotechnology. He is also a member of CDE (Center for Development and Environment) at the University of Bern. His current research focuses on tackling major yield limiting factors in tef (Eragrostis tef), a cereal crop extensively cultivated in Ethiopia. His group collaborates with several institutions in Switzerland, Ethiopia and other countries; and implements agronomic, genetic and genomic tools to develop tef cultivars with desirable traits

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The grass or Poaceae family includes all cereal crops and forage grasses. Hence, they play a significant role in the economy of both the developed and developing world. Similar to other crop types, grasses are continuously challenged by a variety of environmental constraints. These constraints include a variety of biotic and abiotic stresses, and an enabling environment, which mainly refers to policy-related issues that affect productivity. In this book, the importance of selected cereal crops and grasses as well as associated constraints are presented. In addition, techniques proven to improve the productivity of these groups of crops are discussed. The techniques include variety development, soil and crop management practices, and biological control of fungal pathogens using different types of bacterial strains.

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