Archive for November, 2007

Tlaltizapán Superintendent named

November 30, 2007

Global Wheat Program agronomist Oscar Bañuelos Tavárez has accepted an appointment as Superintendent of CIMMYT research station at Tlaltizapán, Mexico, effective as of January 2008. Mexican native Bañ …


CIMMYT-Zimbabwe celebrated its year end party – and still going strong!

November 30, 2007

The team also elected CIMMYT’s tallest and smallest staff while Martin Van Weerdenburg, Director for Corporate Services, was visiting the CIMMYT-Zimbabwe station. The party included staff from CIMMYT, …


Is time on our side?

November 23, 2007

During 20-21 November, 16 CIMMYT staff from diverse areas took time out from their busy year-end schedules to attend the workshop “Time Management and Organizing Skills,” offered by the company Perfor …


The magic of CIMMYT: its people…live from Zimbabwe!

November 23, 2007

Anne Wangalachi conveys heartfelt thanks to the CIMMYT-Zimbabwe team for sharing their time, experience, and expertise with her during her three-day visit this week. Wangalachi, a science writer and e …


Communicating agricultural biotechnology—back to basics

November 23, 2007

This Wednesday, CIMMYT was represented at a Monsanto-sponsored informal media exchange dinner at Nairobi’s Norfolk Hotel for Kenyan and visiting South African journalists. The participants shared thei …


Raun named OSU Sarkeys Distinguished Professor

November 20, 2007

Former CIMMYT wheat agronomist (1986-91) Bill Raun has been named the 2007 recipient of the Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Award by the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Division of Agricultural Scienc …


Call of duty from CG Alliance for Rodomiro Ortiz

November 20, 2007

CIMMYT’s Director of Resource Mobilization, Rodomiro Ortiz, has been elected by peers as Chair of the CGIAR Alliance Deputy Executive (ADE). The ADE deals with common, cross-center issues of research …


Work on transgenic drought tolerance

November 20, 2007

Takashi Kumashiro (Director, Biological Resources Division) and Kazuo Nakashima (Senior Scientist, Biotechnology Lab of Dr. Yamaguchi-Shinozaki) from the Japan International Research Center for Agricu …


Wheat phenome atlas meetings at CIMMYT

November 16, 2007

Wheat scientists met at CIMMYT El Batán to discuss the wheat phenome pilot project on 12 and 13 November 2007. CIMMYT and the University of Queensland have been working together to develop a “wheat ph …


Visit of Slovakian Minister

November 16, 2007

Miroslav Jurena, Minister of Agriculture of the Slovak Republic, spent the day at El Batán on 15 November 2007 to learn about wheat research and related work in crop genetic resources and biotechnolog …


Ohio State University honors Kevin Pixley

November 9, 2007

On 16 October 2007, CIMMYT maize breeder and assistant director of the center’s global maize program, Kevin Pixley, was given the G.H. Stringfield Award from Ohio State University, USA, in recognition …


Updating Kenyan stakeholders on progress

November 9, 2007

This past Thursday, CIMMYT’s Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA) project organized a well-attended meeting to update its stakeholders, project participants, and journalists on the past year’s pro …


CIMMYT scientists win awards

November 9, 2007

Norman Borlaug opened the Crop Science Society of America annual meetings in New Orleans with an inspirational speech on 5 November 2007. Also at this meeting, the Crop Science Journal awarded CIMMYT …


Resetting the agricultural research agenda: Byerlee highlights the World Development Report’s implications for the CGIAR

November 9, 2007

Following the release of the World Development Report 2008, its Director, Derek Byerlee, was in Nairobi to discuss its implications with the Kenya-based CGIAR centres. Convened jointly by CIMMYT, ILRI …


Democratizing crop improvement

November 2, 2007

Maize breeders in the Mexican highlands are increasingly looking to farmers for input on how to improve crops, after decades of having little impact in these areas. It is estimated that only 7-15% of …