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Plant Scholarly Publications

Abdelmajid Kassem, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
Fayetteville State University


I. Journal Articles
1. Published, In Press, and Submitted
Bellaloui N, Y Hu, A Mengistu, HK Abbas, MA Kassem, and M Tigabu. Elevated Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Temperature Affect Seed Composition, Mineral Nutrition, and 15N and 13C Dynamics in Soybean Genotypes under Controlled Environments. Atlas Journal of Plant Biology 2016, 56-65. doi: 10.5147/ajpb.2016.0157.

Ambrocio Z, S Kantartzi, K Meksem, and MA Kassem. Influence of Drought Stress on Several Root Traits and their Correlation with Seed Protein and Oil Contents in Soybean. Atlas Journal of Biology 267-273, 2016. doi: 10.5147/ajb.2016.0140.

Akond A, S Liu, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, N Bellaloui, DA Lightfoot, J Yuan, D Wang, J Anderson, and MA Kassem. A SNP Genetic Linkage Map Based on the ‘Hamilton' by ‘Spencer' Recombinant Inbred Line (RIL) Population of Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] Identified QTL for Seed Isoflavone Contents. Plant Breeding 134: 580-588, 2015. doi:10.1111/pbr.12298.

Khandaker L, M Akond, S Liu, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, N Bellaloui, DA Lightfoot and MA Kassem. Mapping of QTL Associated with Seed Amino Acids Content in ‘MD 96-5722' by ‘Spencer' RIL Population of Soybean using SNP Markers. Food and Nutrition Sciences 6: 974-984, 2015. doi: 10.4236/fns.2015.611101

Akond M, SLiu, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, N Bellaloui, DA Lightfoot, and MA Kassem. Quantitative Trait Loci Underlying Seed Sugars Contents in ‘MD 96-5722' by ‘Spencer' Recombinant Inbred Line Population of Soybean. Food and Nutrition Sciences 6: 964-973, 2015. doi: 10.4236/fns.2015.611100.

Bellaloui N, L Khandaker, M Akond, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, A Mengistu, and MA Kassem. Identification of QTLs Underlying Seed Macronutrients Accumulation in 'MD96-5722' by 'Spencer' Recombinant Inbred Lines of Soybean. Atlas Journal of Biology 3 (2): 224-235, 2015.

Bellaloui N, L Khandaker, M Akond, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, A Mengistu, DA Lightfoot, and MA Kassem. Identification of QTL Underlying Seed Micronutrients Accumulation in ‘MD 96-5722' by ‘Spencer' Recombinant Inbred Lines of Soybean. Atlas Journal of Plant Biology, 1 (3): 39-49, 2015.

Anderson J, M Akond, J. Bond, MA Kassem, K Meksem, and SK Kantartzi. Quantitative Trait Loci Underlying Resistance to Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in MD96-5277 by ‘Spencer' Recombinant Inbred Line (RIL) Population of Soybean. 3 Biotech 5: 203-210, 2015. doi: 10.1007/s13205-014-0211-3.

Ragin B, M Akond, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, H Herrera, C Akbay, DA Lightfoot, and MA Kassem. Effect of Row Spacing on Seed Isoflavone Contents in Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 5 (26): 4003-4010, December 2014.

Kassem MA, L Ramos, D Hyten, J Bond, A Bendahmane, PR Arelli, VN Njiti, S Cianzio, SK Kantartzi, and K Meksem. Quantitative Trait Loci that Underlie SCN Resistance in Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] PI438489B by ‘Hamilton' Recombinant Inbred Line Population. Atlas Journal of Plant Biology 1 (3): 29-38, 2014.

Bellaloui N, A Mengistu, LHS Zobiole, HK Abbas, and MA Kassem. Soybean Seed Phenolics, Sugars, and Minerals are Altered by Charcoal Rot Infection in MG III Soybean Cultivars. Journal Food and Nutrition Sciences 5: 1843-1859, 2014.

Akond M, S Liu, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, N Bellaloui, DA Lightfoot, J Yuan, D Wang, and MA Kassem. Quantitative Trait Loci for Seed Isoflavone Contents in MD96-5722 by ‘Spencer' Recombinant Inbred Lines of Soybean. Journal Agriculatural Food Chem 62: 1464-1468, February 2014.

Akond M, S Liu, M Boney, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, N Bellaloui, DA Lightfoot, and MA Kassem. Identification of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) Underlying Protein, Oil, and Five Major Fatty Acids' Contents in Soybean. American Journal of Plant Sciences 5 (1): 158-167, January 2014.

Akond A, S Liu, L Schoener, JA Anderson, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, Q Song, D Wang, Z Wen, DA Lightfoot, and MA Kassem. A SNP-Based Genetic Linkage Map of Soybean Using the SoyS¬NP6K Illumina Infinium BeadChip Genotyping Array. Plant Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology 1 (3): 80-89, Nov. 2013.

Akond M, R Bazzelle, B Ragin, H Herrera, U Kaodi, C Akbay, SK Kantartzi, V Njiti, A Barakat, K Meksem, DA Lightfoot, and MA Kassem. Additional Quantitative Trait Loci and Candidate Genes for Seed Isoflavone Content in Soybean. J. Agricultural Science 5 (11): 20-33, October 2013.

Bellaloui N, A Mengistu, and MA Kassem. Effects of Genetics and Environment on Fatty Acid Stability in Soybean Seed. Food and Nutrition Sciences 4 (9A1): 165-175, September 2013.

Bellaloui N, Y Hu, A Mengistu, MA Kassem, and CA Abel. Effects of foliar boron application on seed composition, cell wall boron, and seed δ15N and δ 13C isotopes in water-stressed soybean plants. Frontiers in Plant Science, Plant Nutrition, Article 270: 1-12, 2013.

Akond M, B Ragin, R Bazzelle, W Clark, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, and MA Kassem. Effect of Two Row Spaces on Several Agronomic Traits in Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]. Atlas Journal of Plant Biology 1 (2): 18-23, 2013.

Akond M, B Ragin, R Bazzelle, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, and MA Kassem. Quantitative Trait Loci Associated with Moisture, Protein, and Oil Content in Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]. Journal of Agricultural Science 4 (11): 16-25, October 2012.

Ragin B, R Bazzelle, W Clark, S Kantartzi, K Meksem, and MA Kassem. QTL for Yield and Yield Components Mapped in the PI 438489B By ‘Hamilton' Recombinant Inbred Line (RIL) Population of Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]. Journal of Agricultural Science 4 (9): 98-105, September 2012.

Salvador V, M Pagan, M Cooper, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, and MA Kassem. Genetic Analysis of Relative Water Content (RWC) in Two Recombinant Inbred Line Populations of Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]. Journal of Plant Genome Sciences 1 (2): 46-53, 2012.

Kassem MA, L Ramos, L Leandro, G Mbofung, DL Hyten, SK Kantartzi, RL Grier, VN Njiti, S Cianzio, and K Meksem. The ‘PI 438489B' by ‘Hamilton' SNP-Based genetic linkage map of soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] Identified quantitative trait loci that underlie seedling SDS resistance. Journal of Plant Genome Sciences 1 (1) 18-30, 2012.

Williams B, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, and MA Kassem. Genetic Analysis of Root and Shoot Traits in the Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] ‘Essex' By ‘Forrest' Recombinant Inbred Line Population. Journal of Plant Genome Sciences 1 (1): 1-9, 2012.

Ivey S, K Ouertani, E Washington, P Lage, SK Kantartzi, K Meksem, DA Lightfoot, and MA Kassem. Evaluation of Agronomic Traits in ‘Essex' By ‘Forrest' Recombinant Inbred Line Population of Soybean [Glycine max [L.] Merr.]. Atlas Journal of Plant Biology 1 (1): 13-17, 2011.

Ouertani K, E Washington, P Lage, S Woods, W Holland, L Moore, J Walker, DA Lightfoot, and MA Kassem. Comparison of Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] Yield, Yield Components, Root, and Shoot Traits in ESPS and CSPS. Atlas Journal of Plant Biology 1 (1): 1-5, 2011.

Kantartzi Stella, Sherrice Allen, Lodhi Khalid, Robert L. Grier IV, and My Abdelmajid Kassem (2010) Study of Factors Affecting Students' Performance in three Sci¬ence Classes: General Biology, Botany, and Microbiology at Fayetteville State University. Atlas Journal of Science Education 1 (1): 13-18, 2010.

Hartz C, P Petty, K Ouertani, S Burgado, C Lawrence, and MA Kassem. Influence of Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, and Nitrogen Deficiencies on the Growth and Development of Sorghum and Sunflower Seedlings. Journal of Biotech Research 1 (3): 64-71, 2009.

Karangula UB, MA Kassem, L Gupta, and DA Lightfoot. Genome Architecture Underlies Seed Yield In Soybeans Resistant to Heterodera glycines. Current Issue in Mol. Biol. 11 (Suppl. 1): i73-84, March 2009.

Woodert D, S Ivey, E Washington, S Woods, J Walker, N Krueger, M Sahnawaz, and MA Kassem. Is there a correlation between plant height and yield in soybean? Reviews in Biology and Biotechnology 7 (2): 70-76, 2008.

Jacobson J, A Alcivar, J Rainho, and MA Kassem. Genomic Regions Containing QTL for Plant Height, Internodes Length, and Flower Color in Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]. BIOS A Quarterly Journal of Biology 78 (4): 119-126, December, 2007.

Alcivar A, J Jacobson, J Rainho, K Meksem, DA Lightfoot, and MA Kassem. Genetic Analysis of Soybean Plant Height, Hypocotyl and Internode Lengths. Journal of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences 1 (1): 1-20, March 2007.

Kassem MA, K Meksem, AJ Wood, and DA Lightfoot. A Microsatellite Map Developed from Late Maturity Germplasm ‘Essex' by ‘Forrest' Detects Four QTL for Soybean Seed Yield Expected from Early Maturing Germplasm. Reviews in Biology & Biotechnology 6 (1): 2-10, January 2007a.

Kassem MA, K Meksem, AJ Wood, and DA Lightfoot. Additional QTL for SDS and SCN resistances in a soybean recombinant inbred line population of Essex x Forrest. Reviews in Biology & Biotechnology 6 (1): 11-19, January 2007b.

Kassem MA, J Shultz, K Meksem, Y Cho, AJ Wood, MJ Iqbal, and DA Lightfoot. An Updated ‘Essex' by ‘Forrest' Linkage Map and First Composite Map of QTL Underlying Six Soybean Traits. Theor Appl Genet 113 (6): 1015-1026, October 2006.

Shultz JL, D Kurunam, K Shopinski, MJ Iqbal, S Kazi, K Zobrist, R Bashir, S Yaegashi, N Lavu, AJ Afzal, CR Yesudas, MA Kassem, C Wu, HB Zhang, CD Town, K Meksem, and DA Lightfoot. The Soybean Genome Database (SoyGD): a browser for display of duplicated, polyploid, regions and sequence tagged sites on the integrated physical and genetic maps of Glycine max. Nucleic Acids Research 34: D758-D765, June 2006.

Lightfoot DA, VN Njiti, PT Gibson, MA Kassem, JM Iqbal, and K Meksem. Registration of the Essex by Forrest Recombinant Inbred Line (RIL) Mapping Population. Crop Science 45(4): 1678-1781, 2005.

Kassem MA, K Meksem, CH Kang, VN Njiti, VY Kilo, AJ Wood, and DA Lightfoot. Loci Underlying Resistance to Manganese Toxicity Mapped in a Soybean Recombinant Inbred Line population of 'Essex' x 'Forrest'. Plant and Soil. 260: 197-200, 2004a.

Kassem MA, Meksem K, Iqbal MJ, Njiti VN, Banz WJ, Winters TA, Wood A, Lightfoot DA. Definition of Soybean Genomic Regions That Control Seed Phytoestrogen Amounts. J. Biomed & Biotech 1(1): 52-60, 2004b.

Kassem MA. Whole Genome Linkage Map and QTL Mapping in Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]. PhD Dissertation, Southern Illinois University, December 2003.

Njiti VN, Meksem K, Iqbal MJ, JE Johnson, Kassem MA, KF Zobrist, VY Kilo, D A Lightfoot. Common Loci Underlie Field Resistance to Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome in Forrest, Pyramid, Essex, and Douglas. Theor Appl Genet 104(2/3): 294-300, 2002.

Yuan J, VN Njiti, K Meksem, MJ Iqbal, K Triwitayakorn, MA Kassem, GT Davis, ME Schmidt, DA Lightfoot. Quantitative trait loci in Two Soybean Recombinant Inbred Line Populations Segregating for Yield and Disease Resistance. Crop Science 42: 271-277, 2002.

Cho Y, Njiti VN, Chen X, Triwatayakorn K, Kassem MA, Meksem K, Lightfoot DA, Wood AJ. Quantitative Trait Loci Associated with Foliar Trigonelline Accumulation in Glycine Max L. J. Biomed & Biotech 2(3): 151-157, 2002.

Iqbal MJ, K Meksem, VN Njiti, MA Kassem, and DA Lightfoot. Microsatellite markers identify three additional quantitative trait loci for resistance to soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS) in Essex x Forrest RILs. Theor Appl Genet 102(2/3): 187-192, 2001.

Men AM, K Meksem, MA Kassem, D Lohar, J Stiller, DA Lightfoot, PM Gresshoff. A Bacterial Artificial Chromosome of Lotus Japonicus Constructed in an Agrobacterium tumefaciens-Transformable Vector. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 14(3): 422-425, 2001.

Kassem MA and A Jacquin. Somatic Embryogenesis, Rhizogenesis, and Morphinan Alkaloids Production in Two Species of Opium Poppy. J. Biomed. & Biotech. 1(2): 70-78, 2001.

Meksem K, VN Njiti, WJ Banz, MJ Iqbal, MA Kassem, DL Hyten, J Yuang, TA Winters, and DA Lightfoot. Genomic regions that underlie soybean seed isoflavone content. J. Biomed. & Biotech. 1(1): 38-44, 2001.

2. Books & Book Chapters
Bellaloui N, A Mengistu, HK Abbas, and MA Kassem. Effects of Drought and Elevated Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide on Seed Nutrition and 15N and 13C Natural Abundance Isotopes in Soybean under Controlled Environments. INTECH Open Access Publisher, 2016. Submitted.
Kassem MA. Soybean Isoflavones: Biosynthesis, Distribution, and Genetic Mapping. 2016. Book in Preparation.

Bellaloui N, A Mengistu, MA Kassem, CA Abel, and LHS Zobiole. Role of Boron nutrient in nodules growth and nitrogen fixation rates in soybean genotypes under water stress. INTECH Open Access Publisher, 2014. Published. http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/56994.

Lightfoot DA, A Sharma, R Bashir, and MA Kassem. Loci underlying soil ediphic, physiological and developmental traits in soybean (height, regeneration, aluminum, manganese). In Recent Advances in Molecular Marker Systems for Soybean Breeding. Li W and Lightfoot DA. 2012. Scientific Press, Beijing China, pp. 255, ISBN: 9787030346780.

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Lieceng Zhu, PhD
Associate Professor and Assistant Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
Fayetteville State University


Joshua Underwood, John Moch, Ming-Shun Chen, and Lieceng Zhu. 2014.
Exogenous salicylic acid enhances the resistance of wheat seedlings to Hessian fly (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) infestation under heat stress. J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 2000-2004.
Currie, Y., M. S. Chen, R. Nickolov, G. Bai, Lieceng Zhu. 2014.
Impact of transient heat stress on polar lipid metabolism in seedlings of wheat near-isogenic lines contrasting in resistance to Hessian fly (Cecidomyiidae) infestation. J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 2196-2203.


Yaleaka Currie, John Moch, Joshua Underwood, Hamzah Kharabsheh, Amy Quesenberry, Risa Miyagi, Carolyn Thomas, Melanie Boney, Samantha Woods, Ming-Shun Chen, and Lieceng Zhu. 2014.


Transient heat-stress compromises the resistance of wheat seedlings to Hessian fly (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) infestation. J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 389-395.
Yaleaka Currie, John Moch, Joshua Underwood, Hamzah Kharabsheh, Amy Quesenberry, Risa Miyagi, Carolyn Thomas, Melanie Boney, Samantha Woods, Ming-Shun Chen, and Lieceng Zhu. 2014.


Transient heat-stress compromises the resistance of wheat seedlings to Hessian fly (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) infestation. J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 389-395.
Lieceng Zhu, Xuming Liu, Haiyan Wang, Chitvan Khajuria, John C. Reese, R. Jeff Whitworth, Ruth Welti, and Ming-Shun Chen. 2012. Rapid mobilization of membrane lipids in wheat leaf-sheathes during incompatible interactions with Hessian fly. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 25 (7) 920-930.


Lieceng Zhu, John C. Reese, Joe Louis, Leslie Campbell, and Ming-Shun Chen. 2011. Electrical Penetration Graph Analysis of the Feeding Behavior of Soybean Aphids on Soybean Cultivars Source: J. of Econ. Entomol. 104:2068-2072.


Lieceng Zhu, Ming-Shun Chen, AND Xiang Liu 2011 Changes in Phytohormones and Fatty Acids in Wheat and Rice Seedlings in Response to Hessian Fly (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) Infestation. J. Econ. Entomol 104: 1384-1392


Lieceng Zhu, Ming-Shun Chen, and Xiang Liu. 2011 Profiling metabolites in wheat plants in responding to Hessian flies infestation (abstract). Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 26(3)


Lieceng Zhu, X. Liu and M.S. Chen. 2010. Differential accumulation of phytohormones in wheat seedlings attacked by avirulent and virulent Hessian fly (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) larvae. J. Econ. Entomol. 103(1): 178-185.


Lieceng Zhu, X.M. Liu, X. Liu, R. Jeannotte, J. C. Reese, R. Welti, M. Harris, J. J. Stuart, and M.S. Chen. 2008. Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor) attack causes dramatic shift in carbon/nitrogen metabolism in wheat. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 21(1) 70-78.


Liu, X.M., J. Bai, L. Huang, Lieceng Zhu, X. Liu, N. Weng, J. Reese, M. Harris, J. Stuart, and M. Chen. 2007. Gene expression of different wheat genotypes during attack by virulent and avirulent Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor) larvae. J. Chem. Ecol. 33:2171-2194.


Jia, Y., F. Correa-Victoria, A. McClung, Lieceng Zhu, G. Liu, Y. Wamishe, J. Xie, M. A. Marchetti, S. R. M. Pinson, J. N. Rutger, and J. C. Correll. 2007. Rapid determination of rice cultivar responses to the sheath blight pathogen Rhizoctonia solani using a micro-chamber screening method. Plant Disease. 91(5): 485-489.


P. Voothuluru, J. Meng, C. Khajuria1, J. Louis1, Lieceng Zhu, S. Starkey, G.E. Wilde, C. Baker and C.M. Smith. 2006. Categories and inheritance of resistance in wheat cereal introduction 2401 to Russian Wheat Aphid (Homoptera: Aphididae) biotype 2. J. Econ. Entomol. 99(5): 1854-1861


Lieceng Zhu., C.M. Smith, and J.C. Reese. 2005. Categories of resistance to greenbug (Homoptera: Aphididae) biotype K in wheat lines containing Aegilops tauschii genes. J. Econ. Entomol. 98(6): 2260-2265


Lieceng Zhu, C.M. Smith, A. Fritz, E. Boyko1, P. Voothuluru1 and B.S. Gill. 2005. Inheritance and molecular mapping of new greenbug resistance genes in wheat germplasms derived from Aegilops tauschii. Theor. Appl. Genet. 111(5): 831-837


Bonia, B., S. Prabhakar, C.M. Smith, S. Starkey, Lieceng Zhu, E. Boyko and J.C. Reese. 2005. Categories of resistance to biotype I greenbug (Homoptera: Aphididae) in wheat lines containing the genes Gbx and Gby. J. Kan. Entomol. Soc. 78: 252-260


Lieceng Zhu, C.M. Smith, A. Fritz, E.V. Boyko and M.B. Flinn. 2004. Genetic analysis and molecular mapping of a wheat gene conferring tolerance to the greenbug (Schizaphis graminum Rondani). Theor. Appl. Genet. 109(2): 289-293


Hazen, S.P., Lieceng Zhu, H.S. Kim, G. Tang and R.W. Ward. 2002. Genetic similarity of winter wheat in Shaanxi province, China and other common wheat germplasm pools. Gen. Res. Crop Evol. 49(4): 437-445


Wang, Y., Lieceng Zhu, J. Gao, Y. Ji and X. Wang. 2002. Research status and countermeasure for exploitation of wheat germplasm in Shaanxi province. Cereal Crops. 22(4): 94-97
Lieceng Zhu, G.S. Tang, S.P. Hazen, H.S. Kim and R.W. Ward. 1999. RFLP-based genetic diversity and its development in Shaanxi wheat lines. Acta Bot. Boreali. Occident. Sin. 19(2): 208-213


Song, X., S. Liu, and Lieceng Zhu. 1999. The comparative study on wheat CMS lines with Ae. uniaristata and Ae. kotschyi cytopolasm. Acta Agric. Boreali. Occident. Sin. 8(3): 48-52
Lieceng Zhu., L.J. Ma and X.Y. Song. 1999. A comparative study on wheat CMS lines of Ae. uniaristata and Ae. kotschyi cytoplasm, Π. Effects on agronomic characters. Acta Univ. Agric. Boreali. Occident. Sin. 27(1): 4-9


Lieceng Zhu, Y.G. Hu and L.J. Ma, et al. 1998. A comparative study on wheat CMS lines of Ae. uniaristata and Ae. kotschyi cytoplasm, Ι. Restoring and maintaining relationship and haploid frequency. Acta Univ. Agric. Boreali. Occident. Sin. 26(6): 21-24


Lieceng Zhu, G. Tang and X. Yang. 1995. Genetic distances and cluster analysis of weak-winter wheat germplasms. Cereal Crops. 15(4): 41-43


Lieceng Zhu and G. Tang. 1995. Principal component analysis and comprehensive evaluation of elite wheat germplasms. J. Shaanxi Agric. Sci. (4): 29-30


Liu, X., B. Hu and Lieceng Zhu. 1995. An analysis of the results of two tested varieties in maize improved population. Acta Agric. Boreali. Occident. Sin. 4(2): 13-16


Lieceng Zhu and G. Tang. 1994. A study on correlation between early maturity and agronomic traits of wheat cultivars. J. Shaanxi Agric. Sci. (1): 5-6


G. Tang and Lieceng Zhu 1992. Development and perspective of germplasm research in Shaanxi Province. J. Shaanxi Agric. Sci. 2:

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