Archive for February, 2008

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

February 29, 2008

CIMMYT personages were present for the official opening ceremonies of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, held at the facility in Norway on 26 February. The vault is designed to store duplicates of crop s …


Cereal Knowledge Bank launch

February 29, 2008

January 2008 marked the launch of the Cereal Knowledge Bank (CKB) (http://www.knowledgebank. irri.org), an online repository of learning materials related to cereals and cereal production. The CKB was …


Workshop on Mexico-USDA project: boosting farm productivity in the State of Mexico

February 22, 2008

Farmers in the State of Mexico, which borders the country’s capital, Mexico City—a potential market of nearly 20 million inhabitants— have struggled to make a profit growing maize. The state accounts …


Rajaram retires

February 15, 2008

After an outstanding career of 40 years in agricultural research, former CIMMYT wheat researcher, Wheat Program Director, and Distinguished Scientist, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram—known affectionately at CIMMY …


Course for safe handling of hazardous materials

February 8, 2008

On 06 and 07 of February 2008, Julio Flores and Samuel Frías of APER gave a course at El Batán on “Proper management of dangerous materials,” to staff from the laboratories, greenhouses, ICT, and germ …


Mini-course on the analysis of maize diversity

February 8, 2008

As part of on-going efforts to facilitate the use of DNA markers in maize breeding and diversity studies, during 01-06 February 2008 CIMMYT El Batán held a workshop on “The analysis of molecular data …


Impacts assessment seminar in Nairobi

February 8, 2008

On 28 January, Roberto La Rovere, CIMMYT Impact Specialist, launched two new tools recently developed by CIMMYT’s ITAU “Operational guidelines for assessing impacts of agricultural research on livelih …


A visit with Guadalupe Guevara, former germplasm bank assistant

February 1, 2008

To mark the occasion of 20 years after his retirement, former maize germplasm bank assistant, Guadalupe Guevara, was paid a visit on 24 January 2008 by Suketoshi Taba, head of maize genetic resources, …


John Deere demonstration

February 1, 2008

On Friday 25 January, representatives from the Texcoco office of John Deere gave a demonstration at El Batán of mid-size tractors and other equipment for intermediate-scale farmers. The event was orga …


Drought phenotyping workshop

February 1, 2008

From 28-30 January 2008, the Genration Challenge Programme (GCP) lived up to its middle name and organized a workshop on an intricate challenge— drought phenotyping. Held at CIMMYT’s El Batán faciliti …


Visit of VIP from the Chinese Embassy

February 1, 2008

Mr. Qingqing Zhao, head of Science and Technology issues in the Chinese Embassy in Mexico, visited CIMMYT on 29 January 2008 to broaden his knowledge of China and CIMMYT’s long-time, fruitful partners …