Archive for May, 2010

Live from 2010 technical workshop of Borlaug Global Rust Initiative in St. Petersburg

May 30, 2010

More than 600 wheat breeders, pathologists and representatives of national agricultural research institutions arrived in St. Petersburg to discuss rusts affecting wheat production globally. After intr …


Saying goodbye to a good friend

May 28, 2010

Friends and colleagues said goodbye to Ph.D. student Vanessa Prigge on 21 May 2010, and wished her good luck and safe travels. Vanessa came to CIMMYT-Mexico two and a half years ago and has made impor …


CIMMYT stories from Colombia

May 27, 2010

Varieties of QPM released Two new quality protein maize (QPM) varieties, designed to thrive in the tropical lowland coffee production zones of southwest Colombia, were released on 14 April 2010. CIMMY …


Young Mexican scientist to present work at global conference in St. Petersburg

May 26, 2010

Several CIMMYT wheat scientists are packing their bags for St. Petersburg, Russia, where over 600 participants will gather for the 8th International Wheat Conference, running from 29 May to 04 June, a …


Maize-legume project launched in southern Africa

May 24, 2010

During 11-15 May 2010, CIMMYT scientists from the Conservation Agriculture, Socioeconomics, and Maize programs met with SIMLESA partners in Malawi and Mozambique, coinciding with each country’s offici …


Training on conservation agriculture in Bangladesh

May 20, 2010

Over 60 researchers, field technicians, farmers, machinery manufacturers, service providers, and extension workers attended two recent conservation agriculture (CA) training events in Bangladesh. The …


Ug99 resistant wheat variety promotion continues in Nepal

May 19, 2010

On 29 April a wheat participatory variety selection (PVS) day in Nepal attracted 50 farmers interested in preventing yield loss due to rusts and other diseases; learning about quality seed production; …


Welcome to new Consortium Board members

May 18, 2010

  Two members of the new CGIAR Consortium Board, Lynn Haight and Carl Hausmann, visited El Batán during 06-07 May 2010 to meet CIMMYT staff and learn more about the center’s work and culture. Acc …


First international wheat blast meeting held in Brazil

May 17, 2010

Wheat blast or ‘brusone’ is a new wheat disease caused by M. oryzae (Pyricularia oryzae). It is responsible for 5-100% of wheat yield loss in regions of South America, and has the potential to spread. …


Virtual posters

May 14, 2010

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science Society (SSSA) are offering presenters a new way to share their work. Starting 04 May 2010, the …


CA efforts continue to grow in the Pacific Zone of Mexico

May 13, 2010

Two recent conservation agriculture (CA) events in Sonora, Mexico, attracted more than 20 farmers and technicians, and marked the beginning of a new CA technician certification course. On April 13, th …


Determining maize’s nutritional and industrial quality

May 12, 2010

In addition to being part of the basic diet for millions of people, maize plays a role in many other food products and has a diverse array of non-consumption uses, such as for cosmetics, pharmaceutica …


ISAAA video: The Norman Borlaug Legacy

May 8, 2010

The first 7:24-minute video is The Norman Borlaug Legacy. Dr. James traces the path that Dr. Borlaug took to become an icon of agricultural development for poor farmers of the developing countries of …


Five farmer field days focus on rice and maize

May 5, 2010

Various research and extensions workers collaborating with the project “Sustainable Intensification of Rice-Maize Systems in Bangladesh” organized five farmer field days throughout March and April 201 …


Preserving diversity and helping farmers in Oaxaca, Mexico

May 4, 2010

On 24 April 2010, roughly 80 farmers and technicians gathered in a maize field surrounded by mountains for a farmers’ field day. The event was held in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico, and was pa …


DNA fingerprinting – sifting the fake from the genuine

May 3, 2010

An improved tool can play a key role in distinguishing open-pollinated maize varieties (OPVs) and ensuring that seed being sold is genuine. DNA fingerprinting, also referred to as DNA profiling, enabl …