Beneficiary Legal Name: 4 -  Université de Tunis El Manar

Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (Tunisia) (UTM)

General Description




The University of Tunis El Manar UTM was founded in 1987 and brings together 15 establishments. It has more than 35,000 students and 37 nationalities. UTM has just received the URAP classification, and was ranked 1st at the National and Maghrebian level as well as 10th in the Arab world and 11th in Africa and 689th worldwide according to the URAP (University Ranking by Academic Performance) for the year 2019. According to Shanghai Subject Ranking 2020 UTM among the top 300 in Public Health, the top 400 in Mechanical Engineering, the top 500 in Clinical Medicine.

The Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (FST), formerly designated Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Tunis, was founded in 1960.The FST is made up of six teaching and research departments: Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Geology and Biology.

An institution characterized by its great national and international attractiveness and partners who exceed its fundamental missions in research and training towards openness to economic and social dimensions.

The training offer of the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis is recognized for its multidisciplinary and diversity (Licenses, Masters, Preparatory cycles, Engineering cycles and Doctorate), its interaction with research and its results in terms of integration professional.

As for scientific research in Biology, it really began only after the transfer of the FST to the campus, with the acquisition of heavy research equipment. At molecular genetics level, the main objectives are focused on the analysis of nuclear and cytoplasmic genomes, their evolution and possible interaction as well as on the study of the molecular polymorphism of pathogens infecting major cultures.

Our concerns will focus on the identification, evaluation of genetic diversity of cultivated and spontaneous resources and their pathogens through phenotypic tagging and molecular typing and characterization. Another focus will be on enhancement for the conservation and enhancement of genetic resources. In FIGGEN UTM will lead WP1 (Participatory assessment of the potential of fig genotypes) and will carry out phenotypic analyses of Tunisian fig genotypes (WP2).

Key persons

Prof. Salhi-HannachiAmel (female) Professor of Genetics and Director of the Fruit Genetic Resources Team at the FST.

Prof. Baraket Ghada (female) Assistant professor and researcher of genetics at the faculty of sciences.

Dr. Haffar Sahar (female) PhD student in the 5th year. Expertise in fig molecular markers.

Dr. Aounallah Aymen. (male)  PhD student in the 3th year. Expertise in propagation and molecular markers.

A list of 5 relevant publications

Donia Abdallah, Ghada Baraket, Veronica Perez, Amel Salhi Hannachi and Jose I. Hormaza (2020) Self-compatibility in peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch]: patterns of diversity surrounding the S-locus and analysis of SFB alleles.  Horticulture Research 7:170.

Abdallah D, Baraket G, Perez V, Ben Mustapha S, Salhi-Hannachi A and Hormaza JI (2019) Analysis of Self-Incompatibility and Genetic Diversity in Diploid and HexaploidPlum Genotypes. Front. Plant Sci. 10:896.

Baraket G, Chatti Khaled, SaddoudOlfa, Ben Abdelkrim A, Mars M., Trifi M.&Salhi-Hannachi A. 2011. Comparative assessment of SSR and AFLP markers for evaluation of genetic diversity and conservation of Ficuscarica L. genetic resources.PlantMol. Biol. Rep. 29: 171-184.

Elhani A., Louati M., Ben Salem H., Salhi-Hannachi A., Baraket G. 2019. Morphological variability of prickly pear cultivars (Opuntiaspp.) established in ex-situ collection in Tunisia. ScientiaHort. 248: 163–175.

Oueslati A, Ollitrault F, Baraket G, Salhi-Hannachi A, Navarro L, Ollitrault P. 2016. Towards a molecular taxonomic key of the Aurantioideae subfamily using chloroplastic SNP diagnostic markers of the main clades genotyped by competitive allele-specific PCR. BMC Genetics (2016) 17:118.

Baraket G.,D. Abdallah, S. Ben Mustapha, H. Ben Tamarzizt, A. Salhi-Hannachi. 2019. Combination of Simple Sequence Repeat, S-Locus Polymorphism and Phenotypic Data for Identification of Tunisian Plum Species (Prunus spp.). Biochem. Genet.

A list of 5 relevant previous projects or activities, connected to FIGGEN

Tuniso-Spanish cooperation project referenced: A / 3433/05 and entitled "Mosaic in the fig tree collections in Tunisia and Spain"

Tuniso-Moroccan co-operation project referenced: 33 / MT / 06 and entitled "Genetic diversity of the fig tree (Ficus carica L.): establishment of genetic fingerprints and involvement of the molecular tool in the preservation of biodiversity in this species" .2009-2010.

Tuniso-Portuguese cooperation project, referenced: 24 / TP / 08 and entitled "Genomic analysis in fig (Ficus carica L.): ESTs and QTL related ESTs" 2008-2009.

Franco-Tunisian interuniversity cooperation project within the framework of the PHC-Utic Program managed by the CMCU, referenced: 11G 0911 entitled "Analysis of the genetic diversity and the proteomic pattern of the fig tree (Ficus carica L.) in relation to determinism of sex and responses to abiotic stress »2011-2012

Relevant Infrastructure or facilities

The Biology Department is equipped with all necessary equipment intended for the study of molecular biology and to perform the physiological and biochemical analyses.