Dr Samir Alahmad

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Centre for Crop Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation


Research Interests

  • Durum wheat pre-breeding and genetics
  • Disecting the genetics of complex proxy traits contibuting to enhanced yield
  • Understanding the genetics of above and below ground drought adaptive traits
  • Adapting durum wheat to drought and crown rot conditions
  • Developing elite durum wheat with designed root system architecture for future climates

Research Impacts

The main aim of currently operating projects are to develop elite bread and durum wheats with modified root systems (different root ideotypes) targeting different enviromnets. Information on the best root-environment-combination is crucial to defining breeding targets for Australian wheat breeding programs and delivering benefits to farmers and growers globaly and here in Australia.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


  • Alahmad, Samir, El Hassouni, Khaoula, Bassi, Filippo M., Dinglasan, Eric, Youssef, Chvan, Quarry, Georgia, Aksoy, Alpaslan, Mazzucotelli, Elisabetta, Juhasz, Angela, Able, Jason A., Christopher, Jack, Voss-Fels, Kai P. and Hickey, Lee T. (2019) A major root architecture QTL responding to water limitation in Durum Wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10 436. doi:10.3389/fpls.2019.00436

  • El Hassouni, K., Alahmad, S., Belkadi, B., Filali-Maltouf, A., Hickey, L. T. and Bassi, F. M. (2018) Root system architecture and its association with yield under different water regimes in Durum wheat. Crop Science, 58 6: 2331-2346. doi:10.2135/cropsci2018.01.0076

  • Alahmad, Samir, Dinglasan, Eric, Leung, Kung Ming, Riaz, Adnan, Derbal, Nora, Voss-Fels, Kai P., Able, Jason A., Bassi, Filippo M., Christopher, Jack and Hickey, Lee T. (2018) Speed breeding for multiple quantitative traits in durum wheat. Plant Methods, 14 1: 36. doi:10.1186/s13007-018-0302-y

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision