Archive for October, 2011

Biotechnology applied to plant genetic breeding

October 31, 2011

A course on biotechnology applications to plant genetic breeding was held during 26-30 September 2011, at La Molina Agricultural University, Lima, Peru. Over 100 scientists from Peru’s National Instit …


CIMMYT features in the International Forum on Food Security and Price Volatility

October 31, 2011

The World Food Day was established in 1979 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to raise awareness of the global food problem and strengthen solidarity against hunger, malnutr …


Innovation Research Program Award for the CIMMYT-CAAS program

October 31, 2011

Congratulations to the joint program of CIMMYT and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), which was recently awarded the Innovation Research Program Award from the Chinese Ministry of Ag …


Saudi Ambassador visits CIMMYT

October 31, 2011

CIMMYT welcomed H.E. Hussein M. Alassiri, the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Mexico, to the El Batán headquarters on 20 October 2011. During his visit, the Ambassador was greeted by Director General Th …


Making the most of plant genetic resources

October 31, 2011

A regional conference on “Diversity, characterization, and utilization of plant genetic resources (PGR) for enhanced resilience to climate change” was conducted in Baku, Azerbaijan, during 3-4 October …


Utilizing plant genetic resources to identify useful traits

October 31, 2011

The work of plant breeders has enabled the production of high-yielding crops; some are resistant to certain diseases or adapted to particular environments, but new diseases emerge and climates change. …


MasAgro fosters collaboration to optimize and reduce the cost of processing maize for making tortillas in Mexico

October 25, 2011

CIMMYT scientists and researchers from the Valley of Mexico Experiment Station (CEVAMEX, Spanish acronym) of Mexico’s National Forestry, Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (INIFAP), who are …


First ARIA-CIMMYT Wheat Researchers’ Workshop

October 25, 2011

Wheat research in Afghanistan can be regarded as still in its infancy. The country has released over a dozen winter and spring wheat varieties during the last ten years, but increased stakeholder coor …


Building capacity to overcome wheat rusts

October 25, 2011

For the third consecutive year, scientists from around the world met at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI-Njoro) for training on “Standardization of Stem Rust Note-taking and Evaluation …


International testing site brings hope to wheat farmers

October 25, 2011

Celebrations were in order at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI-Njoro) on 30 September 2011, when the International Testing Site for Resistance against the wheat stem rust, Ug99, was launche …


Conservation agriculture gaining momentum in Bangladesh

October 25, 2011

Capacity building and improved technical knowledge of conservation agriculture (CA) are crucial elements of the Cereal System Initiative in South Asia expansion in Bangladesh (CSISA-BD). As part of CS …


Traveling seminar exhibits maize research and development in the hills of Nepal

October 25, 2011

During 19-21 August 2011, a travelling seminar on “Maize Research and Development in the Hills of Nepal” was organized by the CIMMYT-led Hill Maize Research Project (HMRP), Nepal Agricultural Research …


Spotlight on maize seed marketing in Nepal

October 25, 2011

Since 1999, the CIMMYT-led Hill Maize Research Project (HMRP) has been analyzing the maize seed value chain, increasing market assurance for seed from community-based seed production (CBSP) projects, …


HarvestPlus-China field day exhibits maize hybrids in southwestern China

October 24, 2011

The HarvestPlus-China (HPC) Annual Meeting for 2011 was held in Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China, during 27-30 September 2011, with 66 national and international scientists participating, including How …


Biotechnology issues addressed in Kazakhstan

October 20, 2011

In the Republic of Kazakhstan, general breeding programs are funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, whilst those relating to biotechnology are funded through the Ministry of Education and Science. The …


Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister praises SIMLESA achievements in Africa

October 19, 2011

“Agricultural research will remain pivotal to lifting agricultural productivity in the next 50 years as it has over the past 50 years.” This was one of the key messages of Australia’s Foreign Affairs …


Training to beat Karnal bunt in Afghanistan

October 19, 2011

Karnal bunt is a wheat disease that can make grain too unpalatable for use in flour. It is quarantined by many countries, and can therefore seriously constrain global wheat seed exchange—and even move …


IPNI Scholar Award goes to María Elena (Marita) Cárdenas

October 19, 2011

Marita Cárdenas, a member of the conservation agriculture team at CENEB, Ciudad Obregón, has been selected as one of 20 Latin American students to receive the International Plant Nutrition Institute ( …


Travelling seminar promotes conservation agriculture in eastern India

October 19, 2011

During 19-22 September 2011, Birsa Agricultural University (BAU), Jharkhand, India, hosted the Sub-Regional Multi-Stakeholder Travelling Seminar entitled “Conservation Agriculture Based Crop Managemen …


New Borlaug Institute for South Asia fosters improved farming for food security

October 11, 2011

The Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) was officially launched on Wednesday, 5 October 2011, at the A.P. Shinde Symposium Hall, NASC Complex in New Delhi, India. The event commenced with a welcom …