Archive for April, 2010

John Woolston’s fourth retirement!

April 29, 2010

Staff and other members of the CIMMYT community gathered near the library entrance in El Batán on 22 April 2010 for a ceremony to bid fond farewell to volunteer and information specialist, John Woolst …


Exchange of knowledge at Mexican-based maize molecular breeding course

April 28, 2010

Over 20 participants from 15 national agricultural research programs convened at CIMMYT-El Batán during 05-16 April 2010 for a maize molecular breeding course. The training presented an overview of re …


Storing maize in a metal can?

April 27, 2010

Would you store grain in a metal can? That was the question posed during a humorous skit presented at a stakeholders’ workshop in Homa Bay, Kenya. The can in question is the metal silo and the perform …


Borlaug fête brings out old friends and fond memories

April 26, 2010

During the three day of ceremonies and celebration in Ciudad Obregón, northern Mexico, to commemorate the late Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug, there was one special event that bore witness to the g …


Comprehensive crop portal presentation

April 23, 2010

CIMMYT staff got a sneak peak at the new crop resource portal GENESYS on Tuesday 13 April 2010. Mohamed Fawzy Farag Nawar from Bioversity International demonstrated how easy it is to use the new porta …


Traveling workshop in Bangladesh unites researchers

April 22, 2010

The ACIAR-funded project “Sustainable intensification of rice-maize (R-M) systems in Bangladesh” held a traveling workshop in Bangladesh during 03-08 April. Fifteen researchers attended and traveled t …


BRAC International team visits CIMMYT-Kenya

April 21, 2010

On 09 April 2010, a team of four executives from BRAC International (formerly Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) visited CIMMYT-Kenya’s Nairobi office to discuss increased collaboration. In 2009, …


Benefits of biofortification explored during meeting in Zambia

April 20, 2010

Over 50 experts gathered in Lusaka, Zambia during 15-18 March 2010 for HarvestPlus’s 5th Maize Team Meeting. The meeting, organized by CIMMYT and hosted by the Zambia Agricultural Research Institute ( …


CIMMYT Fieldbook for sweet potato breeding?

April 19, 2010

At first, Fieldbook for sweet potato breeding seems highly unlikely. However, following a recent Fieldbook training session in Nairobi, Kenya, the sweet potato breeders at the CGIAR’s International Po …


Traveling CSISA wheat seminar in Nepal

April 16, 2010

A 32-member team of scientists from four national wheat programs (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal) participated in a wheat breeding roving seminar in Nepal during 20-26 March 2010. The objectiv …


GMP director visits Agua Fría and Tlaltizapán

April 15, 2010

On 22 March 2010, Boddupalli M. Prasanna, the new director of CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program (GMP), spent a fruitful day familiarizing himself with the Agua Fría station, its staff, and the work being …


New collaborative maize and legume project kicks off in Africa

April 14, 2010

A collaboration of national agricultural research programs has launched a new project to improve farm-level food security and productivity in eastern and southern Africa. The Sustainable Intensificati …


National wheat breeding and genetics conference in China

April 13, 2010

Nearly 600 participants representing all the wheat regions in China attended the 6th National Wheat Breeding and Genetics Conference in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province. The conference ran from 28-31 March …


Former CIMMYT agronomist wins award for conservation agriculture

April 13, 2010

Former CIMMYT wheat agronomist Ken Sayre received the first-ever Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize on 29 March 2010 in recognition of his work to promote resource-conserving practices with …


Planning for a hybrid maize research consortium

April 13, 2010

CIMMYT-Asia held an awareness meeting on 19 March 2010 for a proposed hybrid maize research consortium. Nearly 50 participants from national, regional, and multinational seed companies attended, repre …


Roving wheat seminar

April 12, 2010

A four-member team of scientists from the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) visited India from 07-13 March 2010 as part of a CIMMYT-sponsored “Roving Seminar on Advances of Wheat Research.” T …


Rare genetic variant in maize gives grain more pro-vitamin A

April 9, 2010

Five CIMMYT scientists are co-authors of a new report published this week in Nature Genetics. In “Rare genetic variation at Zea mays crtRB1 increases ß-carotene in maize grain,” the research team desc …


First Ug99 tolerant wheat variety released in Bangladesh

April 7, 2010

Bangladesh recently gave the go-ahead to release a new wheat variety with resistance to Ug99. Bari Gom 26—commonly known as Hashi, and previously called BAW 1064—has CIMMYT parental lines in its pedig …


Sowing CA knowledge in Mexico

April 6, 2010

Conservation agriculture (CA) continues to take root in Mexican fields, and CIMMYT’s CA team is helping it flourish by providing training and technological support to farmers. Examples of this are thr …