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Stella Kantartzi

Stella Kantartzi, Professor

Crop, Soil and Environmental Management

Dr. Stella K. Kantartzi joined the Department of Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008 and currently serves as Professor. She published more than 65 refereed manuscripts and six book chapters; edited one book; released five cultivars and seven germplasm lines; and awarded over $7 million in federal and state grants. She serves as an Editor or Associate Editor for high-ranking scientific journals.


Special Interests

Her research interests include the development and release of plant cultivars with superior yield, resistance to multiple diseases, and other economically important traits; the application of novel lab and field techniques for accelerating germplasm development; and the identification, assessment, and characterization of new sources of genetic variation.

Stella Kantartzi Office: Public Policy Institute, Room 107
Phone: 618-453-1793

Recent Publications and Awards

Selected Publications

McAllister, K.R., Y.C. Lee, and S.K. Kantartzi, 2021. QTL mapping for resistance to Cercospora sojina in ‘Essex’ x ‘Forrest’ soybean (Glycine max L.) lines. Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science 13(1): 14–22

Vlachostergios D.N., C. Noulas, D. Baxevanos, C.G. Raptopoulou, V. Aggelopoulos, C. Karanika, S.K. Kantartzi, and A.G. Mavromatis, 2021. Response of early maturity soybean cultivars to row spacing in full-season crop and double-crop systems. CAAS 67 (1): 18–25

Reyes-Valdes M.H. and S.K. Kantartzi, 2020. An information theory approach to biocultural complexity. Scientific Reports 10: 7203

Lee Y.C., M.J. Iqbal, V.N. Njiti, S.K. Kantartzi, and D.A Lightfoot, 2018. Fine mapping quantitative trait loci that underlie resistance to soybean sudden death syndrome using NILs and SNPs. Atlas Plant Biology 2018, 583–592

Hamawaki R.L. and S.K. Kantartzi, 2018. Di-nitrogen fixation at the early and late growth stages of soybean. Acta Scientiarum, 40: e36372


Editor’s Citation for Excellence, Crop Science Society of America, 2015

Patriotic Employer Award, 2010, 2011



  • PSAS 405 - Plant Genetic Improvement
  • PSAS 560A&B - Field Plot Technique
  • PSAS 592 - Special Problems


Ph.D. in Genetics and Plant Breeding
Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2006

M.Sc. in Plant Breeding, Agronomy, and Weed Science
Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2003

B.Sc. in Biology
Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2000