Kassahun Bantte Bisetegn (PhD)

Name: Kassahun Bantte Bisetegn
Academic Rank  :
  Associate Professor
Field of Specialization  :  Plant Biotechnology (Molecular Breeding)
Research interest :   Biotechnology, Breeding, Genetics
List of Publication  : 


  1. Kassahun Bantte & B.M. Prasanna (2003) Simple Sequence Repeat Polymorphism in Quality Protein Maize (QPM) Lines. Euphytica, 129: 337- 344.
  2. Prasanna B.M., Vasal, S.K., Kassahun, B. and Singh.  N.N. (2001) Quality Protein Maze. A Review, Current Science, 81 (10): 1308-1319.
  3. Kassahun Bantte & B.M. Prasanna (2004) Analysis of Grain Protein, Tryptophan and Lysine Contents of Quality Protein Maize (QPM) Lines. Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences,14 (1): 31-42.
  4. Kassahun, B. and Prasanna, B.M. (2004). Endosperm Protein Quality andKernel Modification in Quality Protein Maize (QPM) Lines. J. Plant   Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 13 (1): 57-60.
  5. Jayashree B, Ramu P, Prasad, P, Kassahun B., Hash, CT, Chandra, S, Hoisington, DA., Varshney, RK (2006) A database of simple sequence repeats from cereal and `legume expressed sequence tags mined in silico: survey and evaluation. In Silico Biology 6, 0054 , Bioinformation Systems e.V 
  6. Kassahun B., F.R. Bidinger, C.T. Hash, and M.S. Kuruvinashetti (2010) Stay-green  expression in early generation sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L). Moench] QTL  introgression lines. Euphytica 172 (3): 351-362. DOI: 10.1007/s10681-009-0108-0 
  7. Ramu P,  Kassahun B, Senthilvel S,  Ashok Kumar C,  Jayashree B, Folkertsma R. T. L., Ananda Reddy L, Kuruvinashetti M. S., Haussmann B. I. G. and Hash C. T. (2009)  Exploiting rice-sorghum synteny for targeted development of EST-SSRs to enrich the sorghum genetic linkage map. Theor Appl Genet (2009) 119:1193–1204. 
  8. Kassahun B, Hash C.T, and Bidinger F.R (2011) Evaluation of Stay-Green  QTL  Introgression Lines for Drought Tolerance in Sorghum [Sorghum  bicolor (L).  Moench]. Ethiopian Journal of Crop Science 2:77-92.
  9. Jiregna Tasissa, Derbew Belew, Kassahun B and Wosene Gebreselasie (2011)    Variability, Heritability and Genetic Advance in Tomato ( Lycopersicum  esculentum  Mill) Genotypes in West Shoa, Ethiopia. American- Eurasian J. Agric, & Environ Sc. 11 (1):87-94.
  10. Mulugeta Seum, Sintayehu Alamirew and Kassahun B. (2011) Evaluation of   Upland NERICA Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Genotypes for Grain Yield and Yield Components along an Altitude Gradient in Southwest Ethiopia. Journal of Agronomy, 10 (4): 105-111
  11. Atinafu Kebede and Kassahun B. (2011) Genetic Diversity in Ethiopian Sorghum  Germplasm. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution (submitted)

Conference Proceedings :

  1. Ramu P, Kassahun B, Ashok Kumar C, Jayashree B, Folkertsma R T, Mahalakshmi V, Ananda Reddy L, Fakrudin B, and Hash C (2005). Development and mapping of EST-SSR markers in sorghum for comparative mapping with rice.  Poster paper presented during the XIV Plant and Animal Genome Conference (San Diego, CA, 14–18 January 2006)
  2. V Vadez, Hash CT, Rizvi SMH, Bidinger FR, Kassahun B,  Sharma KK, Devi J,Bhatnagar-Mathur P, Kashiwagi J, Krishnamurthy L, Hoisington D, Varshney RK,Gaur PM, Nigam SN, Rupakula A, Upadhyaya HD (2006). What is the scope for molecular breeding and genetic engineering to improve crops’ drought tolerance? A Poster Paper presented at Biovision workshop, 26-29 April 2006, Alexandria, Egypt.
  3. CT Hash, Punna Ramu, Kassahun B, RT Folkertsma, Jayashree B, PVNS Prasad, S Chandra, BIG Haussmann, D Kiambi and DA Hoisington (2006):  Exploiting rice-sorghum synteny to map additional SSR markers in genomic regions associated with sorghum QTLs for Striga resistance and the stay-green component of terminal drought tolerance. Poster paper presented at the International Striga Synposium. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 5-11 Nov. 2006. 
  4. BILLOT C, Deu M, Rami J-F, Rivallan, Hash CT, Ramu P, Folkertsma RT, Bantte K,  Upadhyaya HD, Li Y and Fonceka D. 2006. Insight into genetic diversity analysis of sorghum biocolor-use of SSR markers. Poster presented in the Generation Challenge Program Annual Research Meeting, 12-16 September 2006, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  5. Hoisington, D., V. Vadez, C.T. Hash, S. Senthilvel, K.K. Sharma, R.K. Varshney, J.Kashiwagi, S.M.H. Rizvi, F.R. Bidinger, Kassahun Bantte, J. Devi, P. Bhatnagar-Mathur, L. Krishnamurthy, P.M. Gaur, S.N. Nigam, A. Rupakula, and H.D. Upadhyaya. 2006. Molecular approaches for improving water-stress tolerance of cereals and legumes in the semi-arid tropics. Paper presented in the Eiselen Foundation Conference. May 2006, Hohenheim, Germany
  6. Kassahun Bantte C.T. Hash, F.R. Bidinger (2008) Marker-Assisted Introgression of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTLs) for drought tolerance (Stay-green) and Mapping of Simple Sequence Repeats (SSRs) in Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L). Moench]  Annual conference, Crop Science Society of Ethiopia, 30-31 Dec.  2008, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  7. Kassahun Bantte C.T. Hash, F.R. Bidinger (2009) Marker-Assisted Introgression of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTLs) for Post-Flowering Drought Tolerance (Stay-green) in Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L). Moench],  Annual Conference, Biological Society of Ethiopia, 5-6 Feb 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Contact Address:
P.O.Box: 307
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E-mail: Mail to Kassahun @JU or Mail to Kassahun @Gmail