Ali Zidi

Ali Zidi

session, year:
2014 1st

Former fellow

Receiving laboratory:
UMR GDEC Genetics, Diversity and Ecophysiology of Cereals, Clermont-Ferrand

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Genomic selection in wheat

The availability of whole genome typing tools in wheat has allowed the incorporation of new allelic variants into germplasm. In this way, genomic selection (GS) is an approach that is being applied in crop breeding to make decisions for advancing germplasm from one generation to the next. GS aims to predict breeding values from genome-wide marker data with high accuracy using model training and validation, prediction breeding values, and selecting based on these predictions. In this way, the present research work consists on finding the “Best” model training that could guarantee a high accuracy of the genomic predicted breeding value.

Biography & research interests

I graduated in Agriculture Engineering in the “École Supérieure d’Agriculture de Mateur” (Tunisia). Subsequently, I obtained a MSc. in Animal Science in the context of a fellowship from Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (CIHEAM-IAMZ, Spain). I presented my PhD. in Animal genetics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona under the supervision of Dr. Marcel Amills Eras. The PhD research project was focused on the characterization and association analysis of candidate genes for milk production and composition. During my post-doctoral research, I was interested on the application of omics techniques on the improvement of traits economically important. The reduction of the cost of high-density panels SNPs makes opens the way to enhance a new selection scheme assisted by molecular markers, known as Genomic Selection. In this way, the success of the genomic selection especially in dairy cattle opens the door to apply this selection strategy in other species. In the context of AgreenSkills fellowship, my research interests were related to the optimisation of the accuracy of the selection genomic mainly that related with the reference populations used to train models.

Selected publications

Kirikci, K., Noce, A., Zidi, A., et al., 2016. Analysing the diversity of the caprine melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) in goats with distinct geographic origins. Small Ruminant Research, 145, 7-11.

Manunza, A., Amills, M., Noce, A., Cabrera, B., Zidi, A., Eghbalsaied, S., de Albornoz, EC., Portell, M., Mercade, A., Sanchez, A., Balteanu, V, 2016. Romanian wild boars and Mangalitza pigs have a European ancestry and harbour genetic signatures compatible with past population bottlenecks. Scientific Reports, 6, 29913. Doi: 10.1038/srep29913.

Zidi, A., M. Amills, J. Jordana, J. Carrizosa, B. Urrutia, J. M. Serradilla, 2015. Variation at the 3’-UTR of the goat αS2 - and β-casein genes is not associated with milk protein and dry matter contents in Murciano-Granadina goats. Animal Genetics 46:95-96.

Zidi, A., A. Castelló, J. Jordana, J. Carrizosa, B. Urrutia, J.M. Serradilla, M. Amills, 2013. Identification of two paralogous caprine CD36 genes that display highly divergent mRNA expression profiles. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 36:1-7.

Manunza, A., A. Zidi, S. Yeghoyan, V. Balteanu, T. C. Carsai, O. Scherbakov, O. Ramírez, S. Eghbalsaied, A. Castello, A. Mercade, M. Amills, 2013. A high throughput genotyping approach reveals distinctive autosomal genetic signatures for European and Near Eastern Sus scrofa. PloS One 8:e55891.



Talks in annual meetings

Genomic selection in wheat
2015 / P2 Tissue and Individual / by Ali Zidi / Fellows Speed Presentation


Crop, Wheat, Genomic selection, plant breeding.