Peer-reviewed Papers


  • Bagwell, J., M. Subedi, S. Sapkota, B. Lopez, B. Ghimire, Z. Chen, G. D. Buntin, B. A. Bahri, M. Mergoum, September 17, 2023, Quantitative trait locus analysis of Hessian fly resistance in soft red winter wheat, Genes, 2023, Vol. 14, no. 9: 1812.
  • Bahri, B.A., Parvathaneni, R.K., Spratling, W.T., Saxena, H., Sapkota, S., Raymer, P.L., Martinez-Espinoza, A.D., 2023. Whole genome sequencing of Clarireedia aff. paspali reveals potential pathogenesis factors in Clarireedia species, causal agents of dollar spot in turfgrass. Front. Genet. 13, 1033437.


  • Bagwell, J., M. Subedi, B. Ghimire, B. Lopez, S. Sutton, J. W. Buck, M. Mergoum, B. A. Bahri, December 26, 2022, Genetics of resistance to bacterial leaf streak, leaf rust, and stripe rust diseases using a GWAS in soft red winter wheat, Phytopathology, 2022, Vol. 112(11S): Plant Health 2022 Supplement, p. S3.196,
  • Saxena, H., M. Willis, W. T. Spratling, J. Bagwell, C. B. Vermeer, A. D. Martinez-Espinoza, P. Raymer, B. A. Bahri, December 26, 2022, Emergence of two new fungal diseases on tall fescue in Georgia, Phytopathology, 2022, Vol. 112(11S): Plant Health 2022 Supplement, p. S3.185,


  • Ozyigit I, Jenfoui H., Uras ME, Bahri B.A., Souissi T., 2021. Morphological variation, genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationships of Hypericum triquetrifolium Turra populations from Tunisia, 2021. Biotechnology and biotechnological equipement. In press
  • Willis Turner Spratling, Suraj Sapkota, Brian Christopher Vermeer, Jason Mallard, Emran Ali, Alfredo Martinez-Espinoza and Bochra Amina Bahri, 2021. First Report of Gray Leaf Spot Caused by Pyricularia oryzae (synonym: Magnaporthe oryzae) in Oat (Avena sativa) in Georgia, USA. Plant Disease.
  • Sapkota S., P. L. Raymer, A. D. Martinez-Espinoza and B. A. Bahri, 2021. First report of stem rust, caused by Puccinia graminis subsp. graminicola, and crown rust, caused by Puccinia coronata var. avenae f. sp. avenae, on tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) in Georgia, USA. Plant Disease. doi: 10.1094/PDIS-01-21-0190-PDN.
  • Stackhouse T. Waliullah S. Martinez-Espinoza A., Bahri B. A., Ali Emran, 2021. Development of a Co-Dominant Cleaved Amplified Polymorphic Sequences Assay for the Rapid Detection and Differentiation of Two Pathogenic Clarireedia spp. Associated with Dollar Spot in Turfgrass. Agronomy 2021, 11(8), 1489.
  • Sapkota S., Katherine E. Catching, Paul L. Raymer, Alfredo D. Martinez-Espinoza and Bochra A. Bahri, 2021. New approaches to an old problem: Dollar spot of turfgrass. Phytopathology. DOI: 10.1094/PHYTO-11-20-0505-RVW.
  • Maroua Jerbi, Sonia Labidi, Bochra A. Bahri, Frédéric Laruelle, Benoit Tisserant, Faysal Ben Jeddi, Anissa Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui, 2021. Soil properties and climate affect mycorrhizal fungi and soil microbial communities in Mediterranean rainfed cereal cropping systems. Pedobiologia v87-88:150748.
  • Peng Qi, Thomas H. Pendergast, Alex Johnson, Bochra A. Bahri, Soyeon Choi, Ali Missaoui, Katrien M Devos, 2021. Quantitative trait locus mapping combined with variant and transcriptome analyses identifies a cluster of gene candidates underlying the variation in leaf wax between upland and lowland switchgrass ecotypes. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, in press.
  • Maroua Ouaja, Bochra A. Bahri, Lamia Aouini, Sahbi Ferjaoui, Maher Medini, Thierry C. Marcel, Sonia Hamza, 2021. Morphological characterization and Genetic diversity analysis of a Tunisian durum wheat (Triticum turgidum var. durum) collection. BMC genomic Data, 22(3).


  • S. Sapkota, A. D. Martinez-Espinoza, E. Ali, C. B. Vermeer and B. A. Bahri, 2020. Taxonomical identification of Clarireedia species causing dollar spot disease of turfgrass in Georgia. Plant Disease.
  • H. Hadizadeh, Bochra Bahri, Peng Qi, Henry Wilde and Katrien Devos, 2020. Intra- and interspecific diversity analyses in the genus Eremurus using genotyping-by-sequencing reveal geographic population structure. Horticulture Research, 7:30.
  • Bahri B.A., Guillaume Daverdin, Xiangyang Xu, Jan-Fang Cheng, Kerrie W. Barry, E. Charles Brummer, Ali Missaoui, Katrien M. Devos, 2020. Natural variation in lignin and pectin biosynthesis-related genes associated with switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) ecotype differentiation. BioEnergy Research, 13:79–99.
  • R. El Amil, S. Ali, B. Bahri, M. Leconte, C. de Vallavieille-Pope, K. Nazari, 2020. Pathotype diversification of the invasive PstS2 clonal lineage of Puccinia striiformis f. sp.  tritici causing yellow rust on durum and bread wheat in Lebanon and Syria. Plant Pathology.
  • E. Abdellatifa, M. Kałużnaf, P. Ferrante, M. Scortichini, B. Bahri, J. D. Janse, J. van Vaerenberg, S. Baeyen, P. Sobiczewski and A. Rhouma, 2020. Phylogenetic, genetic, and phenotypic diversity of Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae strains isolated from citrus blast and black pit in Tunisia. Plant Pathology, 69(8): 1414-1425.
  • Ghimire B., Sapkota S., Bahri B.A., Martinez-Espinoza A., Buck J.W. amd Mergoum M., 2020. Fusarium Head Blight and rust disease in soft red winter wheat in the southern United States: States of the art, challenges and future perspective for breeding. Frontiers in Plant Science. 10.3389/fpls.2020.01080
  • Maroua Ouaja, Lamia Aouini, Bochra A. Bahri, Sahbi Ferjaoui, Maher Medini, Thierry C. Marcel, Sonia Hamza, 2020. Identification of valuable sources of resistance to Zymoseptoria tritici in the Tunisian durum wheat landraces. European Journal of Plant Pathology


  • Sabrine Dhaouadi, Amira Mougou Hamdane, Bochra A. Bahri, Ali Rhouma, Elizabeth J. Fichtner, 2019. First report of Rhodococcus spp. isolates causing stunting and lateral stem proliferation of Iresine herbstii ‘Aureo-Reticulata’in Tunisia. Phytopathologia Mediterranea, 58(2).
  • B.A. Bahri, G. Mechichi, W. Rouissi, I. Ben Haj Jilani, Z. Ghrabi-Gammar, 2019. Effects of cold storage facility characteristics on virulence and sporulation of Penicillium expansum and the efficacy of essential oils against blue mold rot of apples. Folia Horticulturae. 31. 10.2478/fhort-2019-0024.
  • Kalai-Grami L., Bahri B.A., Chemekh M., Hammami M., Limam F., Hajlaoui M.R., 2019. Evaluation of antifungal activities of three Lamiaceae essential oils against Phoma tracheiphila. Tunisian Journal of Plant Protection 14(1): 11-32.
  • Bahri B.A., Saadani M., Mechichi G., Rouissi W., 2019. Genetic diversity of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides associated with citrus wither-tip of twigs in Tunisia using microsatellite markers. Journal of Phytopathology; 164(6):351-362.
  • Srinivasa R. Chaluvadi, Porter Young, Kentrez Thompson, Bochra Amina Bahri, Bhavesh Gajera, Subhash Narayanan, Robert Krueger, Jeffrey L. Bennetzen, 2019. Phoenix phylogeny, genetic diversity, distribution and population structure characterized in a world collection of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) and its wild relatives. Plant Diversity.
  • Bahri B.A., Belaid Y., Mechichi G., Rouissi W, 2019. Diversity of fungi associated with apples in cold storage facilities in Tunisia. Journal of the American Pomological Society; 73(1):62-75.


  • Odonkor S., Choi S., Chakraborty D., Martinez-Bello L., Wang X., Bahri B.A., Tenaillon M.I., Panaud O. and Devos K.M., 2018. QTL mapping combined with comparative analyses identified candidate genes for reduced shattering in Setaria italica. Front. Plant Sci., 9:918. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00918.
  • Bahri B.A., Daverdin G., Xu X., Cheng J-F., Barry K.W., Brummer E.C., and Devos K.M., 2018. Natural variation in genes potentially involved in plant architecture and adaptation in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14; 18(1):91. doi: 10.1186/s12862-018-1193-2.
  • C. de Vallavieille-Pope, B. Bahri, M. Leconte, O. Zurfluh, Y. Belaid, E. Maghrebi, L. Huber, M. Launay, M.O. Bancal, 2018. Thermal generalist behavior of invasive Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici strains under current and future climate conditions. Plant Pathology 67, 1307-1320. doi: 10.1111 /ppa.12840


  • Bahri, B., Mabrouk H., Chebil S., and Kallel S. (2017). Investigations into physiological, biochemical and histological modifications in a vine decline associated with biotic and abiotic factors. Tunisian Journal of Plant Protection, Vol 12, N1:35-52.
  • Chebil S., Fersi R., Quaglino F., Chenenaoui S., Melki I., Zacchi E., Bahri B.A., Bianco P.A., and Rhouma A. 2017. Fungi from the Diaporthaceae and Botryospgaeriaceae families associated with grapevine decline in Tunisia. Ciencia e Investigacion Agraria, 44(2):127-138.
  • Eudy D.M., Bahri B. A., Harrison M., Raymer P., and Devos K.M. (2017). Ploidy level and genetic diversity in the genus Paspalum, group Disticha. Crop Science, Vol 57, No. 6: 3319-3332.


  • Schröder S., Bahri B., Eudy, D.M., Layton, D.J., Kellogg, E.A., and Devos, K.M. (2016). Genetic diversity and origin of North American green foxtail [Setaria viridis (L.) Beauv.] accessions. Genet Res Crop Evol (2016). doi:10.1007/s10722-016-0363-6.
  • Walter S.,  Ali S., Kemen E., Nazari K., Bahri B.A., Enjalbert J., Hansen J.G., Brown, J.K.M., Sicheritz-Pontén T., Jones J., de Vallavieille-Pope C., Hovmøller M.S., and Justesen, A.F. (2016). Molecular markers for tracking the origin and worldwide distribution of invasive strains of Puccinia striiformis. Ecology and Evolution, 6(9): 2790-2804.
  • Aichi-Yousfi H.,  Bahri B.A., Medini M., Rouz S., NejibRejeb M., and Ghrabi-Gammar Z. (2016). Genetic diversity and population structure of six species of Capparis in Tunisia using AFLP markers. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 339 (11-12): 442-453.
  • Daverdin G., Bahri B., Wu X., Serba D., Tobias C., Saha M.C., Devos K.M. (2015). Comparative relationships and chromosome evolution in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and its genomic model, foxtail millet (Setaria italica). BioEnergy Research, 8(1): 137-151
  • Ferjaoui S., Ben M’Barek S., Bahri B., Ben Slimane R. and Hamza S. (2015) Identification of resistance sources to Septoria tritici blotch in old Tunisian durum wheat germplasm applied for the analysis of the Zymoseptoria tritici-durum wheat interaction. Journal of Plant Pathology, 97: 1-11
  • Huang, P., Feldman, M., Schroder, S., Bahri, B., Diao, X., Zhi, H., Estep, M., Baxter, I., Devos, K. M. and Kellogg, E. A. (2014). Population genetics of Setaria viridis, a new model system. Molecular Ecology, 23: 4912-4925.
  • Medini M., Ferjaoui S., Bahri B., Mhiri W., Hattab S., and Hamza, S. (2014). Bulk segregant analysis and marker-trait association reveal common AFLP markers for resistance to Septoria leaf blotch in Tunisian old durum wheat.  Biotechnol. Agron. Soc. Environ., 18:3-10.
  • Serba D., Wu L., Daverdin G., Bahri B., Wang X., Kilian A., Bouton J.H., Brummer E.C., Saha M.C., and Devos K.M. (2013). Linkage maps of lowland and upland tetraploid switchgrass ecotypes. BioEnergyResearch, 6:953-965.
  • Kalai-Grami, L., Bahri, B., Hajlaoui, M.R., and Boubaker, A. 2012. Comparison of growth, sporulation, germination and pathogenicity of two Tunisian isolates of Phoma tracheiphila, the causal agent of Mal Secco. Tunisian Journal of Plant Protection, 7:1-17.
  • Mboup M., Bahri B., Leconte M., de Vallavieille-Pope C., Katz O., and Enjalbert J. (2012). Genetic structure and local adaptation of European wheat yellow rust populations: The role of temperature specific adaptation. Evolutionary Applications, 5: 341–352. doi:10.1111/j.1752-4571.2011.00228.x.
  • Bahri B., Shah S.J.A., Leconte M., Enjalbert J., and de Vallavieille-Pope C. (2011). Genetic diversityof the wheat yellow rust population in Pakistan and its relationship with host resistance, Plant Pathology, 60:649-660.
  • Bahri B., Leconte M., de Vallavieille C., and Enjalbert J. (2009). Isolation of ten microsatellite loci in an EST library of the phytopathogenic fungus Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici. Conservation Genetics, 10:1425-1428.
  • Bahri B., Kalz O., Leconte M., and de Vallavieille C., Enjalbert J. (2009). Tracking costs of virulence in natural populations of the wheat pathogen, Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici. Bio Med Central Evolutionary Biology, 9(26). doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-26
  • Bahri B., Leconte M., Ouffroukh A., de Vallavieille C., and Enjalbert J. (2009). Geographic limit of a clonal population of wheat yellow rust in the Mediterranean region. Molecular Ecology, 18:4165-4179.