Assaf Distelfeld Ph.D

Selected Publications


  • Distelfeld, Assaf, Cristobal Uauy, Tzion Fahima, and Jorge Dubcovsky. 2006. “Physical Map of the Wheat High-Grain Protein Content Gene Gpc-B1 and Development of a High-Throughput Molecular Marker.” New Phytologist 169: 753–63.
  • Uauy, Cristobal, Assaf Distelfeld*, Tzion Fahima, Ann Blechl, and Jorge Dubcovsky. 2006. “A NAC Gene Regulating Senescence Improves Grain Protein, Zinc, and Iron Content in Wheat.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 314 (5803): 1298–1301. * equal contributor to the first author.
  • Assaf Distelfeld, C Li, and J Dubcovsky. 2009. “Regulation of Flowering in Temperate Cereals.” Current Opinion in Plant Biology 12 (2). Elsevier Ltd: 178–84.
  • Distelfeld, Assaf, and Jorge Dubcovsky. 2010. “Characterization of the Maintained Vegetative Phase Deletions from Diploid Wheat and Their Effect on VRN2 and FT Transcript Levels.” Molecular Genetics and Genomics : MGG 283 (3): 223–32.
  • Avni, Raz, Moran Nave, Tamar Eilam, Hanan Sela, Chingiz Alekperov, Zvi Peleg, Jan Dvorak, Abraham Korol, and Assaf Distelfeld. 2014. “Ultra-Dense Genetic Map of Durum Wheat × Wild Emmer Wheat Developed Using the 90K ISelect SNP Genotyping Assay.” Molecular Breeding 34 (4): 1549–62.
  • Nave, Moran, Raz Avni, Batsheva Ben-Zvi, Iago Hale, and Assaf Distelfeld. 2016. “QTLs for Uniform Grain Dimensions and Germination Selected during Wheat Domestication Are Co-Located on Chromosome 4B.” Theoretical and Applied Genetics 129 (7) 1303-1315.
  • Avni, Raz, Moran Nave, Omer Barad, Kobi Baruch, Sven O Twardziok….. Klaus F X Mayer, Nils Stein, Gil Ronen, Zvi Peleg, Curtis J Pozniak, Eduard D Akhunov, and Assaf Distelfeld. 2017. “Wild Emmer Genome Architecture and Diversity Elucidate Wheat Evolution and Domestication.” Science 357 (6346): 93–97.
  • Appels, Rudi, Kellye Eversole, Catherine Feuillet, Beat Keller, Jane Rogers, Nils Stein, Curtis J. Pozniak, Frédéric Choulet, Assaf Distelfeld,,, and Le Wang. 2018. “Shifting the Limits in Wheat Research and Breeding Using a Fully Annotated Reference Genome.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 361 (6403): 661–74.
  • Avni, Raz, Leah Oren, Gai Shabtai, Siwar Assili, Curtis Pozniak, Iago Hale, Roi Ben-david, Zvi Peleg, and Assaf Distelfeld. 2018. “Genome Based Meta-QTL Analysis of Grain Weight in Tetraploid Wheat Identifies Rare Alleles of GRF4 Associated with Larger Grains.” Genes 3 (16): 636.
  • Nave, Moran, Raz Avni, Esra Çakır, Vitaly Portnoy, Hanan Sela, Mohammad Pourkheirandish, Hakan Ozkan, Iago Hale, Takao Komatsuda, Jan Dvorak, and Assaf Distelfeld. 2019. “Wheat Domestication in Light of Haplotype Analyses of the Brittle Rachis 1 Genes (BTR1-A and BTR1-B).” Plant Science 285: 193–99.