Ali Y. Srour PhD | Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Ali Y. Srour, Ph.D

Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems

Office phone 618-453-1756


Building Location : Public Policy Institute, Room 119

Dr. Ali Srour has a PhD in Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry from Southern Illinois University. After completing his PhD. Dr Srour joined the department of Plant, Soil and Ag systems at SIU as a research scientist. His interdisciplinary research involves the integration of methodologies and concepts from Plant Pathology, Microbial Ecology, and Agricultural practices with the aim of developing sustainable and resilient agroecosytems. He is particularly interested identifying key components of the biome that increase crop resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses and help forecast disease incidence. He is a member of the American Phytopathological Society, and the APS Soil Microbiology Committee.

Special Interests

Plant pathology, Agroecology, Crops diversification, Soil management and health, Plant and Fungal Genomics, Host-Microbe interactions, Predictive modeling of disease incidence.


  • PhD, Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University
  • MS, Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University
  • MS, Food Quality Management, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute
  • BS, Agriculture Engineering, Lebanese University


  • Srour AY, Gibson DJ, Leandro L, Malvick D, Bond JP, and AM Fakhoury. 2017. Unraveling microbial and edaphic factors of Sudden Death Syndrome in Soybean. Phytobiomes 2017 1:2, 91-101
  • Ammar HM, Srour AY, Ezzat SM, and AM Houseny. 2017. Identification and characterization of genes involved in kojic acid biosynthesis in Aspergillus flavus. Annals of Microbiology 67:10, 691-702.
  • Srour AY, Fakhoury AM, and RL Brown. 2017. Targeting aflatoxin biosynthetic genes. Pages 159-171 in Mycotoxigenic Fungi: Methods and Protocols. Springer New York, New York, NY.
  • Kandel YR, Haudenshield JS, Srour AY, Islam KT, Fakhoury AM, Chilvers MI, Wang J, Santos P, Hartman GL, Malvick DK, Floyd CM, Mueller DS, and LF Leandro. 2015. Multi-laboratory Comparison of Quantitative PCR Assays for Detection and Quantification of Fusarium virguliforme from Soybean Roots and Soil. Phytopathology105:1601-1611.
  • Afzal AJ, Srour A, Liu T, Goil A, Vasudevan S, Samudrala R, Dogra N, Malakar A, Kohli P, and DA Lightfoot. 2013. Homo-dimerization and ligand binding by the Leucine-rich repeat domain at RHG1/RFS2 underlying resistance to two Soybean Pathogens. BMC Plant Biology 13:43
  • Srour A, Afzal AJ, Saini N, Blahut-Beatty L, Hemmati N, Simmonds DH, El Shemy H, Town CD, Sharma H, and DA Lightfoot. 2012. The receptor like kinase at Rhg1/Rfs2 caused pleiotropic resistance to sudden death syndrome and soybean cyst nematode as a transgene by altering signalling responses and the proteome. BMC Genomics 13:368
  • Afzal AJ, Srour A, Hemmati N, Saini N, El Shemy, and DA Lightfoot. 2012. Recombination suppression at the dominant Rhg1/Rfs2 locus underlying soybean resistance to the cyst nematode. Theor Appl Genet 24(6):1027-39
  • Afzal AJ, Srour A, Natarajan A, Saini N, Iqbal J, Geisler M, El Shemy H, and DA Lightfoot. 2012. Resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode: Rhg1. Journal of Plant Genome Sciences 1 (2): 39–45
  • Yuan J, Bashir R, Salas G, Sharma H, Srour A, & D. Lightfoot 2012. New Approaches to Selecting Resistance or Tolerance to SDS and Fusarium Root Rot. Plant Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology, 1(1), 10- 17. doi:10.5147/pggb.v1i1.147.
  • Gangaraju VK, Prasad P, Srour A, Kagalwala M, and B. Bartholomew B. 2009. Conformational changes associated with template-commitment in ATP dependent chromatin remodeling by ISW2. Molecular Cell 35: 58-69
  • Afzal AJ, Srour A, Saini N, and DA Lightfoot. 2008. The multigeneic Rhg1 locus: A model for the effects on root development, nematode resistance and recombination suppression. Nature Preceedings hdl:10101/ npre.2008.2726.1
  • May M, Srour A, Hedges LK, Lightfoot DA, Phillips J, Blakely R, and CH Kennedy. 2010. Monoamine Oxidase a promoter gene associated with problem behavior in adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 114: 269-273
  • May ME, Srour A, RK Kowalchuk, DA Lightfoot, and CH Kennedy. 2010. Serotonin Transporter Polymorphisms and Aggression in Adult Males with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. Brain Research 1357: 97–103