Marwa Laribi

2024 Women in Triticum Early Career Award
Marwa Laribi is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Her current research centers on the assessment of the genetic diversity present in underutilized genetic resources stored in gene banks. Marwa’s primary objective is to identify potential sources of resistance to various major diseases including tan spot, Septoria tritici blotch, and stem rust, for introgression into modern high-yielding wheat varieties. Marwa combines phenotypic and genotypic data to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with disease resistance via genome-wide associations. Her research also aims to develop breeder-friendly Kompetitive allele specific markers for use in marker-assisted selection. Originally form Tunisia, Marwa received an Engineer in Food Industries degree from the Higher Institute of Food Industries of Tunisia. Her interest in wheat and plant pathology grew during her participation in an Advanced Wheat Improvement Course hosted by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico in 2017. This interest led Marwa to enroll in a PhD in Crop Production Sciences at the National Agronomic Institute of Tunis, under the co-supervision of Prof. Amor Yahyaoui, Dr. Sarrah Ben M’Barek and Prof. Khaled Sassi in collaboration with Prof. Stephen Strelkov of the University of Alberta. Her dissertation focused on the phenotypic and genotypic characterization of the fungal pathogen Pyrenophora tritici-repentis, the causal agent of tan spot, as well as the identification of novel sources of resistance to this disease.


  • PhD in Agronomic Sciences, Specialty in Crop Production Sciences, National Agronomic Institute of Tunis, University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • National Degree of Engineer in Food Industries, The Higher Institute of Food Industries, University of Carthage, Tunisia
Marwa Laribi

“Climate change and the expanding global population pose significant threats to wheat production due to ongoing shifts in yields. These changes have the potential to disrupt the global food supply chain and lead to price increases. Through my future research, I aim to identify novel and sustainable sources of resistance to various harmful diseases and generate breeder-friendly markers, ultimately contributing to the resilience of wheat crops against these challenges.”

Marwa Laribi
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