Archive for August, 2007

Fieldbook and MaizeFinder training

August 31, 2007

Twenty-five maize scientists and information management specialists gathered in Nairobi this week for a special workshop on the CIMMYT Fieldbook and MaizeFinder software. In addition to CIMMYT global …


A pioneer passes: Bernice “Bernie” Hanson

August 24, 2007

We have received word that Mrs. Bernie Hanson, wife of Haldore Hanson, CIMMYT’s second director general, died on April 4, 2007 at the age of 91. She would have been 92 on Sunday, August 19th. Hal and …


Pride and pragmatism sustain a giant Mexican maize

August 18, 2007

Long as a man’s forearm, the biggest maize ears in the world are found in Jala, in the state of Nayarit, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. The traditional variety of this community is at risk, but a mai …


Wheat agronomy student in the Bell Medal finals

August 14, 2007

CIMMYT wheat agronomist Bram Govaerts has informed the editors that Sarah Chambers, a student with CIMMYT’s wheat agronomy team in summer 2005, was one of the finalists of the 2006 Bell Medal of the U …


Tony Fischer awarded the Order of Australia

August 14, 2007

Former CIMMYT wheat program director and retired program manager at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Tony Fischer, was awarded the Order of Australia as part of t …


Global public goods workshops at CIMMYT

August 14, 2007

During August 15-23 CIMMYT El Batán is hosting two workshops attended by scientists from CGIAR centers and other organizations involved in genetic resource management —including CIMMYT Mexico and Keny …


Visitors at Agua Fría

August 10, 2007

On Friday July 27, our colleagues at Agua Fría were visited by two students from Instituto Tecnológico de Huejutla, Hidalgo, and two farmers from the same location. The visitors were given an introduc …


Out of the seminar room

August 10, 2007

The Genetic Resources and Enhancement Unit (GREU) broke with tradition this week when instead of the usual seminar with a PowerPoint presentation it moved the talk to the screen houses at El Batán. Ma …


Generation Challenge Programme meets CIMMYT

August 10, 2007

This week, during August 6-8, the Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) held the kick-off meeting for its current round of six two-year projects at CIMMYT’s El Batán headquarters, bringing together 31 …


Award for Ravi Singh

August 10, 2007

CIMMYT Distinguished Scientist Ravi Singh has yet another honor to add to his growing collection. He has been awarded the 2007 International Service in Crop Science Award, given by the Crop Science So …


Developing CG guidelines for safe germplasm exchange

August 4, 2007

Meetings under phase two of the World Bank’s project on Collective Action for the Rehabilitation of Global Public Goods in the CGIAR Genetic Resources System continued at El Batán this week, as partic …


They did it … Permanent beds take off in northern Mexico

August 3, 2007

After years of research, things are starting to happen in the Yaqui Valley. Ken D Sayre and his agronomy team have been doing research on permanent bed planting with crop residue retention at the rese …


Mexico’s Agriculture Minister flies to CIMMYT, fortifies partnership

August 3, 2007

The whirling blades of the official helicopter in which he arrived foretold something of the pace and intensity of CIMMYT’s tour for Alberto Cárdenas Jiménez, Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture, Livest …