Archive for June, 2010

Youth in Ohio learn about agriculture and Borlaug’s mission

June 28, 2010

Norman Borlaug may be gone, but his teachings and spirit live on. On May 21 2010, Ohio State University (OSU), USA, dedicated its “Scarlet and Gray Ag Day” to the late CIMMYT agronomist and hero. “Sca …


First-rate feedback on Mega-Program proposals

June 25, 2010

With the words “congratulations for the good work of your teams,” on 18 June 2010 the Consortium Board returned its feedback on the MAIZE and WHEAT Mega-Program proposals recently-submitted by CIMMYT, …


Easily organize and share research papers references

June 24, 2010

Reference management software is a common way for researchers to organize scientific articles and access citation information. Programs like Reference Manager and EndNote (both from Thompson Reuters) …


8th International Wheat Conference and BGRI meeting, St. Petersburg, Russia

June 18, 2010

Some 600 scientists from 77 wheat-producing nations gathered in the historic city of St. Petersburg for the 8th International Wheat Conference (IWC), 01-04 June 2010. The IWC is held every five years, …


Mega programs discussed in Bangladesh

June 15, 2010

Recent meetings in Bangladesh about collaboration for improved food security focused on two new CGIAR mega programs for maize and wheat. Global Maize Program director BM Prasanna and Global Conservati …


Communicating CA among stakeholders in Mexico

June 14, 2010

The “Second Week of Conservation Agriculture (CA),” in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, which ran from 28 May to 03 June 2010, consisted of a series of activities coordinated by the CA-Mexico team to encourage …


Planning for the Hybrid Maize Research Consortium

June 8, 2010

A new consortium for hybrid maize research is scheduled to launch during the summer of 2010. In anticipation, CIMMYT-Asia organized a pre-launch meeting on the campus of the International Crops Resear …


Training workshop for maize technicians in Africa wraps up its 13 country journey in Kenya

June 7, 2010

A training workshop for maize technicians was held from 17–21 May 2010 at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) station in Embu, Kenya. Organized by the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (D …


Live from the 8th International Wheat Conference (St. Petersburg, Russia) – day 3 and 4

June 4, 2010

The agenda for day 3 of the event (03 June 2010) was content-lighter, with an afternoon visit to Catherina’s Palace in Carskoe Silo (Pushkin village) , near St. Petersburg. The morning, however, was d …


Live from the 8th International Wheat Conference (St. Petersburg, Russia) – day 2

June 3, 2010

Day 2 of the event (02 June 2010) was indeed the busiest day of the whole conference full with rich presentations. Plenary sessions included: Wheat genetics and breeding for abiotic stresses (Presente …


Live from the 8th International Wheat Conference (St. Petersburg, Russia) – day 1

June 3, 2010

About 600 wheat scientists from 77 countries (covering 95% of the wheat production) gathered in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg (Russia) for the 8th International Wheat Conference (IWC). The IWC …


Long-term wheat training course rated success

June 2, 2010

A three-month training course on wheat improvement and pathology recently concluded in Mexico. Sixteen participants from eight countries (India, Paraguay, Brazil, Ethiopia, Iran, Bangladesh, Turkey, a …


Trainees become the trainers

June 1, 2010

In early March 2010, CIMMYT gathered 33 farmers and agricultural leaders for a course on science and technology transfer. Less than two months later, several of the participants have already embraced …


Day 2 of the 2010 technical workshop of Borlaug Global Rust Initiative in St. Petersburg

June 1, 2010

Second day of the 2010 Technical workshop started with Session 4 on ‘Molecular Studies of Rust Pathogens chaired by Solomon Assefa (DG of Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research): Sophien Kamoun …