The High Council of Moroccan American Medical and Biology Doctors (HC—MAMBD) The HC—MAMBD Newsletter Inside this issue: Volume 1, Issue 3 January 2010 The Council’s Journal 1 Drs. Hamamouch, El 2-3 The High Council Launches Its Scientific Journal Ayadi, Idaghdour, & Boutajangout PAG 2010 4-5 NIMAP, Morocco The High Council of Moroccan American Medical & Biology Doctors 6-7 (HC-MAMBD) launched its own scientific journal called “KBM Jour- Dr. Bendahmane 8-9 nal of Biology” which is hosted by KBM Scientific Publishing, LP (KBM-SPLP; www.kbm-scientific-publishing.org). With this launch, the Council Members Publi- 10- cations 11 Council becomes the first Moroccan organization to launch its own Dr. Kassem 12 peer-reviewed journal in the USA. KBM-SPLP is specialized in publishing high quality peer-reviewed online international journals and books in all scientific fields. KBM-SPLP was created for scientists by scientists to promote the advancement of sci- Saadia Bihmidine 13 ences. KBM-SPLP launched several journals in all scientific fields includ- ing but not limited to Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bio- Comics Section 14 logical Sciences, Environmental sciences, Food sciences, Animal Sci- ences, Genome, Genetics, Biotechnology, Marine sciences, Microbiology, Photo Galleries 15 Molecular biology, Plant sciences, Forensic sciences, Ecology, Physics, Minister’s Visit 16- Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Science Education etc. 18 KBM-SPLP’s Call For 19 Papaers KBM—SPLP’s Advisory Board includes several prominent scientists in their fields including medical doctors, researchers, and university pro- fessors in all scientific fields. The council encourages scientists from Morocco and around the globe to publish the findings of their hard work in ‘KBM Journal of Biology” as well as other KBM Journals. Council’s Publications Team Dr. Noureddine Hamamouch’s Recent Visit to Morocco Dr. Amina El Ayadi's Recent Activities Dr. Noureddine Hamamouch, a Council’s Board mem- Amina El Ayadi, the Council’s Secretary is an active and dynamic ber visited Morocco recently and presented his work at the scientist who attended and presented at the following international College of Science, University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdel- conferences: lah. His talk was entitled: “Application of biotechnology to engineer resistance to parasitic weeds and nema- todes”. This work was done at Eric Davies’ Lab, Depart- Meetings Attended in 2008 ment of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington DC: Neurosci- (NCSU) where Dr. Hamamouch is still working. ence 2008. Dr. Hamamouch also met the faculty at the College and Oral presentation: 210.10 on Sunday, Nov 16, 2008, 3:15 PM - discussed possibilities of collaboration with his Lab at 3:30 PM. NCSU. Dr. Hamamouch also met the students and advised them on best ways to get scholarships and pursue their Title: Ubiquilin-1 is a potent mediator of amyloidal pre- graduate studies in US institutions of higher education. cursor protein turnover Dr. Hamamouch published the following two articles *A. EL AYADI, E. S. STIEREN, J. M. BARRAL, D. F. BOEHNING; and the other two are in press: Neurosci. and cell Biol., Univ. of Texas Med. Br., Galveston, TX Patel N, Hamamouch N, Li CY, et al. Similarity and Func- tional Analyses of Expressed Parasitism Genes in Heterodera schachtii and Heterodera glycines. J. Oral presentation: 210.9 on Sunday, Nov 16, 3:00 - 3:15 PM Nematology 40 (4): 299-310. December 2008. Title: - Ubiquilin-1 is neuroprotective by inhibiting the Abad P, Gouzy J, Aury JM, et al. Genome sequence of the maturation and aggregation of APP species *E. S. STIER- metazoan plant-parasitic nematode Meloidogyne EN1, A. EL AYADI1, E. SILLER1, M. L. LANDSVERK4, A. A. incognita. Nature Biotech 26 (8): 909-915. August GALVAN2, H. H. HERCE3, J. M. BARRAL1, D. BOEHNING1; 2008. 1Neurosci& Cell Biol., 2Grad. Sch. of Biomed. Sci., 3MSSRP, Univ. Salaheddine Bakkali Yakhlef, Imane Guenoun, Benaîssa Her- Texas Med. Br., Galveston, TX; 4Pediatrics, Univ. of Washington, douch, Noureddine Hamamouch, and Mohamed Seattle, WA Abourouch. Efficient DNA Isolation from Moroc- can Arar tree [Tetraclinis articulata (Val) Masters] leaves and Optimization of the RAPD-PCR Molecu- Meetings Attended in 2009: lar Technique. Act Botanical Malacitana. 2009. In 1- FASEB SUMMER RESEARCH CONFERENCES: AMYLOID FI- Press. BRIL FORMATION AND PROTEIN MISFOLDING: MOLECULAR MECHANISMS AND CELLULAR EFFECTS. JUNE 28 – JULY 3, Nrupali Patel, Noureddine Hamamouch, Chunying Li, Tarek Hewezi, Richard S. Hussey, Thomas J. Baum, 2009 Melissa G. Mitchum, and Eric L. Davis. A nematode SNOWMASS VILLAGE, COLORADO effector protein similar to annexins in host plants. Poster + Oral presentation Journal of Experimental Botany. 2009. In Press. Title: Ubiquitin-1 Is A Molecular Chaperone for the Amyloid Precursor Protein Council’s Publications Team E. Stieren, A. El Ayadi, J.Barral, D. Boehning Department of Neuroscience and cell Biology. University Of Texas Medi- cal Branch Galveston. 2- Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago: Neuroscience 2009. Poster#: 46.15/F24 Design and characterization of in vivo α-synuclein shRNA de- livery *J. R. CANNON1, A. EL-AYADI 2, Q. BAI1, V. SHAH1, J. T. GREENAMYRE1, E. A. BURTON1; 1Neurol. Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; 2Neurosci. and Cell Biol., Univ. of Texas Med. Br. Galveston, Galveston, TX. Dr. Noureddine Hamamouch Council’s Publications Team Page 2 Dr. Youssef Idaghdour, A Young Moroccan Dr. Allal Boutajangout’s Recent Activities Talent! Dr. Youssef Idaghdour is a young Moroccan scien- Published articles in 2009: tist who just graduated with a PhD in Genetics in one of the world’s famous universities, North Carolina Wisniewski T and Boutajangout A. Immunotherapeutic ap- State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. During his PhD proaches for Alzheimer's disease in transgenic mouse models. research projects, Youssef worked on how the envi- Brain Struct Funct. In press but available in PubMed. Wisniewski T and Boutajangout A. Vaccination as a Therapeutic ronment and geographic location interact to shape Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease. MS JOURNAL OF MEDICINE phenotypic variation in humans. Moreover, Youssef 77:000–000, 2010. In press February will be in PubMed. choose to do most of these studies in the Amazigh Boutajangout A, Goni F, Knudsen E, Schreiber F, Asuni A, Quar- population living in Southern Morocco. From his PhD termain D, Frangione B, Chabalgoity A, Wisniewski T, Sigurdsson work, he published the following publications includ- EM. Diminished Amyloid-beta Burden in Tg2576 Mice Following a ing the upcoming Nature Genetics paper: Prophylactic Oral Immunization with a Salmonella-Based Amyloid- Idaghdour Y, Czika W, Shianna K, Lee H, Visccher beta Derivative Vaccine. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 18 (2009) PM, Martin H, Miklaus K, Jadallah S, Goldstein DB, 961–972 Wolfinger RD and Gibson G (2009) Geographical Scholtzova H, Kascsak RJ, Bates KA, Boutajangout A, Kerr DJ, Genomics of Human Leukocyte Gene Expression Meeker HC, Mehta PD, Spinner DS, Wisniewski T. Induction of toll-like receptor 9 signaling as a method for ameliorating Alz- Variation in Southern Morocco. Nature Genetics heimer's disease-related pathology. J Neurosci. 2009 Feb 11;29 42, 62-67. (6):1846-54. Kennerly EM, Idaghdour Y, Olby NJ, Osborne JN and Gibson G (2009) Pharmacogenetic Association Published abstracts in 2009. Study of 30 genes with Phenobarbital Drug Re- sponse in Epileptic Dogs. Pharmacogenomics Allal Boutajangout, Blas Frangione, Thomas Wisniewski, Jean- and Genetics (in press) Pierre Brion, Einar M. Sigurdsson. Influence of presenilin mutation Idaghdour Y, Storey JD, Jadallah SJ and Gibson G on tau pathology in a novel Alzheimer's disease mouse model. Alz- (2008) A Genome-wide Gene Expression Signa- heimer's and Dementia, Volume 5, Issue 4, Supplement 1, July 2009, ture of Lifestyle and Geography in Leukocytes of Pages P445-P446 Pavan K. Krishnamurthy, Hameetha Banu Rajamohamed Sait, Allal Moroccan Amazighs. PLoS Genetics 4 Boutajangout, Einar M. Sigurdsson. Immunotherapy targeting (4):e1000052. Alzheimer's phospho-tau epitope within the microtubule binding Idaghdour Y, Broderick D, Korrida A and Chbel F region of tau clears pathological tau and prevents functional decline (2004) Mitochondrial control region diversity of in a mouse model of tauopathy. Alzheimer's and Dementia, Volume 5, the houbara bustard Chlamydotis undulata complex Issue 4, Supplement 1, July 2009, Page P112 and genetic structure along the Atlantic seaboard Henrieta Scholtzova, Richard J. Kascsak, Kristyn A. Bates, Allal of North Africa. Molecular Ecology 13(1), 43-54. Boutajangout, Daniel J. Kerr, Harry C. Meeker, Pankaj D. Mehta, Idaghdour Y, Broderick D and Korrida A (2003) Fae- Daryl S. Spinner, Thomas Wisniewski. Toll-like receptor 9 ligand ces as a source of DNA for molecular studies into CpG ODN as a new highly effective agent for prevention and/or a threatened population of great bustards in Mo- treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's and Dementia, Volume 5, Issue 4, Supplement 1, July 2009, Pages P137-P138 rocco. Conservation Genetics 4(6):789-792. Youssef is now a Potdoctoral Fellow at CHU Grants Received as Principal Investigator (PI) 2009. Sainte-Justine Research Center, University of Mont- real, Canada. Dr. Allal Boutajangout as member of Center of Excellence on Brain aging, was recently awarded a grant of $170,000 for Demen- Council’s Publications Team tia Research by the Alzheimer Association from October 2009 to October 2012. Council’s Publications Team Page 3 Moroccan Plant Scientists at the International Plant & Animal Genome Conference XVIII, January 9—13, 2010, San Diego, CA As usual since a decade, several Moroccan scientists, mainly Dr. Faouzi Bekkaoui presented the following poster: Plant Geneticists & Genomicists, attend the International Plant & • “Beyond Brassica rapa: Facilitating Brassica Research Animal Genome Conference XVIII that took place in San Diego, Through Whole Genome Sequencing” By I Parkin, C CA from January 9th to January 13th, 2010. The following Moroc- Koh, F Bekkaoui, M Links, J Nowak, R Wood, C Hai- can Scientists were present: Dr. Abdelhafid Bendahmane, a manot, A Sharpe. Research Director at INRA, France; Mr. Adnane Boualem, a Dr. Bekkaoui was also part of the oral presentation entitled Research Engineer and PhD Students, INRA, France; Dr. Abde- “454 Transcript Profiling For SNP Discovery In Pulse Crops” lali Barakat, A Research Associate at Penn State University, and presented by Andrew Sharpe (Other coauthors: R Li, C USA; Dr. Khalid Meksem, A Professor at Southern Illinois Uni- Sidebottom, S Qiu, M Links, L Sanderson, P Vijayan, B Vanden- versity, USA; Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem, A Professor at Fayette- berg, K Bett, B Taran, T Warkentin, R Datla, G Selvaraj, F ville State University, USA; and Dr. Serraj Rachid, A Research Bekkaoui, D Murrell, W Keller). Scientists, The International Rice Research Institute, Philippines; and Faouzi Bekkaoui, a Research Director at the National Re- Dr. Serraj Rachid gave an oral presentation entitled search Council, Canada. “Dissection Of Dehydration Avoidance, Root Water Uptake Adnane Boualem gave an oral presentation entitled “Sex Deter- And Drought Resistance Mechanisms In Rice” by R Serraj, A mination in Cucurbits: Genetic and Epigenetic Implications” in the Henry, VRP Gowda, A Kumar, KL McNally, S Kikuchi, A Ya- “Genomics of Plant Development and Signal Networks Work- mauchi, N Kobayash. Dr. Serraj also presented the following shop”. poster: • “Transcriptomes Of Near-Isogenic Lines In Rice With Dr. Abdelhafid Bendahmane organized the “Sex Chromosomes Contrasting Responses To Drought Stress Revealed De- and Sex Determination Workshop” that was held at the Royal velopment-Dependent, Drought-Tolerant Candidate Palm Salon 5 & 6 Sunday, Juanuary 10, 2010 from 3:50 to 6:00 PM. Genes” By K Satoh, V Ramaiah, A Kumar, R Mauleon, V Bartolome, R Serraj, H Leung, S Kikuchi. Dr. Khalid Meksem organized the “Genomics of Plant Develop- ment and Signal Networks Workshop” that was held at the Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem was accompanied by two of his un- Golden Ballroom Sunday, Juanuary 10, 2010 from 3:50 to 6:00 dergraduate students Mrs. Virginia Salvador and Mrs. Megan PM. Pagan. They presented the following posters: • “Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) That Underlie Root And Dr. Abdelali Barakat gave an oral presentation entitled Shoot Traits In The Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] “Analyses of the Transcriptome of the Fagaceae Species” and pre- ‘Hartwig’ By ‘Flyer’ Recombinant Inbred Line (RIL) Popu- sented the following three posters: lation” By K Ouertani, E Washington, P Lage, DA • “Forest Health Initiative For American Chestnut Restora- Lightfoot, MA Kassem. tion” By JE Carlson, AG Abbott, S Anagnostakis, K Baier, • “Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) That Underlie Yield And Yield Components In The Soybean ‘Hartwig’ By ‘Flyer’ A Barakat, JB James, N Islam-Faridi, S Ficklin, F Hebard, T Kubisiak, C Maynard, SM Merkle, W Miller, CJ Nairn, W Recombinant Inbred Line Population” By K Ouertani, E Powell, SC Schuster, LP Tomsho, TK Wagner, CD Nelson. Washington, P Lage, DA Lightfoot, MA Kassem. • “Genomic Resources For Black Cherry” By T Orendovici- • “Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) For Leaf Traits In Soybean Best, A Barakat, K Steiner, TK Wagner, JE Carlson. [Glycine max (L.)]” By Salvador V, M Pagan, J Good- • “Organization Of The Chromosome Region Containing A ing, MA Kassem. Floricaula/Leafy Gene In Liriodendron” By H Liang, A Ba- rakat, J Carlson. Page 4 January 2010 The International Plant & Animal Genome Conference XVIII, January 9—13, 2010, PAG Meeting (Cont’d) The International Plant & Animal Genome Conference was ranked among the top ten international conferences in life sciences. Each year, nearly 5,000-6,000 scientists across the globe attend and present their research findings during this conference. Many companies in the life sciences, scientific publishers, and federal funding agencies such as NSF and USDA also attend the conference. Of course, with science comes always fun! The Moroccan scientists had fun narrating some of the latest jokes (‘noukat’) from the Moroccan culture. They also visited and enjoyed the warm weather of San Diego, CA. Council’s Publications Team San Diego, CA Photo Gallery Page 5 The Council Welcomes Dr. Abdelmalek El Meskaoui, a Research Scientist at the PhytoBiotechnologies Unit, National Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Taounate, University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, Fes, Morocco Dr. Abdelmalek El Meskaoui is About the National Institute of Medicinal and a Research Professor at the Phyto- Aromatic Plants: Biotechnologies Unit, National In- Background stitute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Taounate, University of Sidi The research activities of the Phytobiotechnologies Mohammed Ben Abdellah, Fes, Mo- Unit (PBU) presently concern the development and the rocco. Dr. El Meskaoui’s research application of Plant Tissue Culture (PTC) techniques on expertise is on (1) Conservation Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) for the valoriza- and valorisation of Medicinal and tion and conservation. These research activities have Aromatic Plants, (2) Plant cell and been set-up mainly on the domestication of some en- tissues culture for secondary metabolites production, (3) demic MAPs of Morocco included surveys of the natural Somatic embryogenesis of conifer, (4) Automated system for population, identification of high yielding genotypes, PTC, somatic embryo production, (5) In vitro and ex vitro micro propagation, cultivation and the development of mycorrhization and micropropagation, (6) In vitro plantlets protocols for germplasm bank and in vitro cell and tissue and greenhouse seeds potato production (nuclear class.), (7) for secondary metabolites production. Cryoconservation, and (8) Physiological and biochemical PTC my be established by placing explants from spe- studies of somatic embryos maturation and in vitro plant- cific parts of the whole plant in nutrient media under lets. Currently, Dr. El Meskaoui is working on several re- aseptic conditions. The starting point for all tissue cul- search projects such as “Use of biotechnological tools in se- tures is plant tissue, called an explant. It can be initiated lection, domestication, production and preservation of me- from any part of a plant such as root, stem, petiole, leaf dicinal and aromatic endemic plant species in Morocco: Thy- or flower. It is essential that the surface of the explants mus, Origanum, Rosmarinus, Argania and Cedrus. The domesti- is sterilized to remove all microbial contamination. The cation research included surveys of the natural population, explants are then incubated on a sterile nutrient medium identification of high yielding genotypes, propagation, cultiva- to initiate the tissue culture. These explants can be in- tion, sustainable harvest procedures and the development of duced to form undifferentiated callus culture, or differ- protocols for in vitro germplasm bank”, and “Development of entiated shoot or embryo cultures by the application of the strategies and research programs for the NIMAP; Univer- plant growth regulators. Plant tissue culture has signifi- sité Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, Fes, Morocco. Use of in cantly contributed many biotechnologies especially for vitro culture techniques in selection, domestication, produc- multiplication plants those are having difficulty in their tion and preservation of medicinal and aromatic plants in natural propagation and for plant conservation. Morocco” To name a few. The success of our previous projects demonstrates our technical capabilities to develop a prototype PTC Recently, Dr. El Meskaoui and his colleague published process for the production plantlets and cell culture sys- the following article: tems of our interest. El Meskaoui A & Tremblay F (2009) "Effects of exogenous Facilities, capabilities & infrastructure: polyamines and inhibitors of polyamine biosynthesis on endogenous free polyamine contents and the maturation Our Unit was equipped to undertake a complete of white spruce somatic embryos." African Journal of range of in vitro studies i.e. micropropagation, suspen- Biotechnology, vol. 8 (24) 6807-6816 sion cell culture, somatic embryogenesis, etc. Besides reserach, the unit also undertaks contact Welcome and Congratulations Abdelmalek, Keep Up the plant production and able to engages with external cli- Good Work! ents for consultation and PTC protocols development on contractuel basis. Source: A El Meskaoui. Council’s Publications Team Page 6 National Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Taounate, Morocco (Photo Gallery) Page 7 After their Publication in “Science”, Adnane Boualem and Abdelhafid Bendahmane Published A New Manuscript in “Nature” Page 8 CONGRATULATIONS Adnane & Abdelhafid and Keep Up the Good Work! Council’s Publications Team. Dr. Abdelhafid Bendahmane Was Commended By An Agricul- tural Institute From India! Page 9 “INRA Scientist Commended for his work on Crops by Premier Indian Agriculture Research institute The event was organised at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, which is a premier institute in the area of agriculture in Asia. The institute in- vited Dr. Abdel Bendahmane to talk to the faculty and students. The lecture was attended by a large audience, reflecting the popularity of Dr. Bendahmane among the researchers, young or old, in India. The lecture was followed by a great deal of discussion. The talk was appreciated by one and all, and the students and faculty benefited a lot. Also, some research leads emerged during the discussion for possible collaborative projects between ICAR and INRA. The talk by Dr. Abdel was chaired by the Di- Source: (1) http://www.versailles.inra.fr/urgv/news.htm#IARI. rector of the Institute Dr. HS Gupta, and co- chaired by the Dean Joint-Director, Education Dr. HS Gaur and Dr. K.C. Bansal Professor & Princi- pal Scientist National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology.” (1) Article Published in INRA’s Website: (1) http://www.versailles.inra.fr/urgv/news.htm#IARI. ____________________________________ Dr. Bendahmane was in a recent visit to the In- dian’s ICAR within the framework of his collabo- ration with the Institute from January 17 to Janu- ary 27, 2010. Congratulations Abdelhafid and keep up the good work! Source: (1) http://www.versailles.inra.fr/urgv/news.htm#IARI. Council’s Publications Team Antoine Martin, Christelle Triadic, Adnane Boualem, Maze Rajab, Ronan Fernandez1, Halima Morin, Michel Pit rat, Catherine Dogimont and Abdelhafid Bendahmane. A Transposon- Induced Epigenetic Change Leads t Sex Determination in Melon. Nature 461—22 October 2009. Salaheddine Bakkali Yakhlef, Imane Guenoun, Benaîssa Herdouch, Noureddine Hamamouch, and Mohamed Abourouch. Efficient DNA Isolation from Moroccan Arar tree [Tetraclinis articulata Recently Published Articles By Council’s Members (Val) Masters] leaves and Optimization of the RAPD-PCR Molecular Technique. Act Botanical Malacitana. 2009. In Press. Nrupali Patel, Noureddine Hamamouch, Chunying Li, Tarek Hewezi, Richard S. Hussey, Thomas J. Baum, Melissa G. Mitchum, and Eric L. Davis. A nematode effector protein similar to annexins in host plants. Journal of Experimental Botany. 2009. In Press. Idaghdour Y, Czika W, Shianna K, Lee H, Visccher PM, Martin H, Miklaus K, Jadallah S, Goldstein DB, Wolfinger RD and Gibson G (2009) Geographical Genomics of Human Leukocyte Gene Expression Variation in Southern Morocco. Nature Genetics, 2010 In Press. Kennerly EM, Idaghdour Y, Olby NJ, Osborne JN and Gibson G. Pharmacogenetic Association Study of 30 genes with Phenobarbital Drug Response in Epileptic Dogs. Pharmacogenomics and Genetics, 2009 In Press. Idaghdour Y, Storey JD, Jadallah SJ and Gibson G. A Genome-wide Gene Expression Signature of Lifestyle and Geography in Leukocytes of Moroccan Amazighs. PLoS Genetics 4(4):e1000052. 2008. Idaghdour Y, Broderick D, Korrida A and Chbel F. Mitochondrial control region diversity of the houbara bustard Chlamydotis undulata complex and genetic structure along the Atlantic sea- board of North Africa. Molecular Ecology 13(1), 43-54. 2004. Patel N, Hamamouch N, Li CY, et al. Similarity and Functional Analyses of Expressed Parasitism Genes in Heterodera schachtii and Heterodera glycines. J. Nematology 40 (4): 299-310. De- cember 2008. Abad P, Gouzy J, Aury JM, Hamamouch N, et al. Genome sequence of the metazoan plant- parasitic nematode Meloidogyne incognita. Nature Biotech 26 (8): 909-915. August 2008. Wisniewski T and Boutajangout A. Immunotherapeutic approaches for Alzheimer's disease in transgenic mouse models. Brain Struct Funct. In press but available in PubMed. Wisniewski T and Boutajangout A. Vaccination as a Therapeutic Approach to Alzheimer’s Dis- ease. MS JOURNAL OF MEDICINE 77:000–000, 2010. In press February will be in PubMed. Boutajangout A, Goni F, Knudsen E, Schreiber F, Asuni A, Quartermain D, Frangione B, Chabal- goity A, Wisniewski T, Sigurdsson EM. Diminished Amyloid-beta Burden in Tg2576 Mice Follow- ing a Prophylactic Oral Immunization with a Salmonella-Based Amyloid-beta Derivative Vaccine. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 18 (2009) 961–972. Page 10 Hartz C, P Petty, K Ouertani, S Burgado, C Lawrence, and MA Kassem. Influence of Iron, Po- Recently Published Articles By Council’s Members tassium, Magnesium, and Nitrogen Deficiencies on the Growth and Development of Sor- ghum (Sorghum bicolor L.) and Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) Seedlings. J Biotech Research 1 (3): 64-71. October 2009. Boualem Adnane, Christelle Triadic, Irina Kovalski, Marie-Agnes Sari, Rafael Perl-Treves, and Abdelhafid Bendahmane. A Conserved Ethylene Biosynthesis Enzyme Leads to Andro- monoecy in Two Cucumis Species. PLoS ONE 4(7): e6144. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0006144. Kai-Shu Ling, Karen R. Harris, Jenelle D. F. Meyer, Amnon Levi, Nihat Guner, Todd C. Wehner, Abdelhafid Bendahmane and Michael J. Havey. Non-synonymous single nu- cleotide polymorphisms in the watermelon eIF4E gene are closely associated with resis- tance to Zucchini yellow mosaic virus. Theor Appl Genet. 120, (1): 191-200, 2009. Karima B, Abdelhafid Bendahmane, G Cardinet, C Triadic, A Moing, E Dirlewange. Pheno- typic and fine genetic characterization of the D locus controlling fruit acidity in peach. BMC Plant Biol. 2009 May 15;9(1):59. PMID: 19445673. Hofer J, L Turner, C Moreau, M Ambrose, P Isaac, S Butcher, J Weller, A Dupin, M Dalmais, CL Signor, and Abdelhafid Bendahmane, and Noel Ellis. Tendril-less Regulates Tendril Formation El Meskaoui A & Tremblay F (2009) "Effects of exogenous polyamines and inhibitors of poly- amine biosynthesis on endogenous free polyamine contents and the maturation of white spruce somatic embryos." African Journal of Biotechnology, vol. 8 (24) 6807-6816. Scholtzova H, Kascsak RJ, Bates KA, Boutajangout A, Kerr DJ, Meeker HC, Mehta PD, Spin- ner DS, Wisniewski T. Induction of toll-like receptor 9 signaling as a method for ameliorat- ing Alzheimer's disease-related pathology. J Neurosci. 2009 Feb 11;29(6):1846-54. Council’s Publications Team THE HIGH-COUNCIL WELCOMES ALL ITS NEW MEMBERS WHO JOINED US SINCE JULY 2009! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND WELCOME TO YOUR COUNCIL! Page 12 Two of Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem’s Graduate Students Defended Their MS Degree Theses Mr. Khaled Ouertani and Mr. Evandres Washington, two of Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem’s graduate students graduated with their Masters Degree in Biology. They defended their theses as fol- lows: Mr. Evandrew Washington (Tony) defended on November 25th, 2009 and his thesis title was: “Genetic Analysis of Roots, Shoots, and Several Morphologic Traits in Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]”. Committee Members: Drs. Abdelmajid Kassem (Chair), Mu- hammad Lodhi, and Paris Jones. Khaled Ouertani Defending his MS thesis Mr. Khaled Ouetani defended on November 30th, 2009 and his thesis title was: “The Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] ‘Hartwig’ by ‘Flyer’ Recombinant Inbred Line Population: I. Comparison Between Early and Conventional Soybean Planting Systems: ESPS and CSPS. II. Genetic Mapping of Yield, Root, and Shoot Traits.”. Committee Members: Drs. Abdelmajid Kassem (Chair), Mu- hammad Lodhi, and Mohsen Souissi. Another MS student, Ms. Patricia Lage (see photo bellow) , is scheduled to defend her thesis in Spring 2010. Khaled and Tony graduated in December 12, 2009. Congratula- tions! Khaled and his thesis Committee Members. From right to left Drs. Mohsen Souissi, Abdelmajid Kassem (Chair), Khalid, Council’s Publications Team and Dr. Muhammad Lodhi. Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem and his three MS students. From right to left: Tony Washington, Patricia Lage, Khalid Ouer- Page 12 tani, and Abdelmajid Kassem. Saadia Bihmidine, A Future Plant Scientist With Talent! Page 13 Saadia Bihmidine is a PhD Student at the University of Ne- nology. Saadia is currently a Graduate Research Assistant at the braska, Lincoln. Saadia has several Research Funding Grants University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the supervision of Tala among which: Awada, Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources, 1. Interdisciplinary Research Program Grant ($39,300). and Tom Clemente, Professor in the Department of Agronomy Saadia Bihmidine, Tala Awada, Julie Stone, Jiusheng and Horticulture. Saadia is working on several interdisciplinary Lin, Tom Clemente, and James Specht. research projects, all involving the study of drought effect on plants (mainly soybean and tobacco). The overall objective of 2. Hardin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, UNL her research is to generate a framework to test how transgenic ($1,000). David H. & Annie E. Larrick Student Travel plants expressing abiotic stress-related transgenes respond to Grant, UNL ($500). drought at both the molecular and physiological levels. Complet- 3. Center for Great Plains Studies Grants-in-Aid Fellow- ing these objectives will allow her and her colleagues to deter- ship, UNL ($600). mine the utility of the selected abiotic-stress related genes for generating transgenic crop plants with enhanced perform under Saadia received several awards such as the UNL Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award ($1,000) in 2010; the First drought conditions. Her degree program and research projects Prize Award at the Agronomy and Horticulture Graduate Stu- continues to provide her with opportunities to work in collabo- dent Annual Poster Competition, UNL ($125) in 2009; the ration with scientists from different laboratories with diverse School of Natural Resources Meritorious Graduate Student skills, including plant eco-physiology, plant biotechnology, and Award, UNL ($500) in 2009; the Hardin Distinguished Gradu- plant biochemistry. Saadia enjoys working both in the lab and in ate Fellowship Award, UNL ($2,000) in 2007; the Milton E. the field, and she also enjoys teaching and being involved in the Mohr Graduate Research Assistant Award, UNL ($1,000) in graduate student association. 2007, and a Full Academic Scholarship, International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (I.C.A.M.A.S), Council’s Publications Team Mediterranean Agronomic Institute in Chania (MAICH) from 2004 to 2006. Saadia published also the following articles: Bihmidine S, Bryan, N.M., Payne, KR, Parde, M.R., Okalebo, J.A., Cooperstein, S., and Awada, T.N. (2009) Photosyn- thetic performance of invasive Pinus ponderosa and Juniperus virginiana seedlings under gradual soil water depletion. Plant Biology. In press Spaniolas, S., Bazakos, C., Ntourou, T., Bihmidine, S., Geor- gousakis, A., and Kalaitzis, P. (2008) Use of lambda DNA as a marker to assess DNA stability in olive oil during storage. European Food Research and Technology 227:175-179. Saadia Bihmidine’s Biography: Saadia Bihmidine was born in Tafraout, Morocco, in 1981, where she attended primary, middle, and high school. She did her undergraduate studies in Marrakech at the University of Cadi Ayyad and earned her MS degree in the Department of Biotechnology & Plant Improvement. In 2004, she received a full scholarship from the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (I.C.A.M.A.S), France, which allowed her to attend the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute in Chania (MAICH), Greece, and earned an MS degree in 2006 from the Department of Horticultural Genetics and Biotech- COMICS SECTION! 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