Archive for May, 2012

Genetic resources information and analytical system (GRIS) for wheat and triticale

May 31, 2012

GRIS (http://wheatpedigree.net) is designed to study the diversity of wheat through analysis of pedigrees, and provides information services for breeding and research programs. The database contains p …


Honing skills in scientific writing for publishing

May 29, 2012

Have you ever wondered why the papers you have written on a piece of innovative research are rejected by your target peer-reviewed journals, or why your colleagues in similar projects are publishing w …


Nepal farmers like rust resistant wheat

May 28, 2012

On 14 May 2012, at Tikathali, Changathali Village Development Committee Centre (VDC) in Lalitpur, around 30 participants from MoA, NARC, seed companies, and CIMMYT were joined by 61 farmers (43 female …


CIMMYT team wins CCAFS recognition

May 25, 2012

On 29 April, CIMMYT had a double reason to celebrate, picking up the award for “Best gender paper” and “Best science paper” (along with Bioversity), at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Ag …


Celebrating Africa Day

May 24, 2012

Africa is not just a food security problem, it is a critical part of the solution. Agriculture will be key to the future of Africa—and Africa, with its enormous potential, will play a decisive role in …


21st anniversary of NARC celebrated in Nepal

May 24, 2012

On 07 May 2012, the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) celebrated its 21st Anniversary in Kathmandu. Chief Guest, Barsha Man Pun, Ministerdesignate and representative of the Honorable Prime Mi …


Zhonghu He becomes a CIMMYT Distinguished Scientist

May 23, 2012

During his visit to the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in China, Director General Thomas Lumpkin took the opportunity to make a very special announcement – the promotion of Zhonghu He …


Looking to the future with CAAS and China

May 22, 2012

Whilst Director General Thomas Lumpkin is in China meeting with the ex- and current Presidents of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in Beijing, a delegation of six CAAS representativ …


Ganesan Srinivasan continues to harvest success

May 18, 2012

We are delighted to hear that Ganesan Srinivasan has been appointed Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Santa Rosa Junior College, California, USA. Srinivasan joined CIMMYT in 1990 as a post- …


CIMMYT’s Corporate Annual Report for 2010-11 is now available

May 18, 2012

Entitled Acute awareness, bold action to energize agriculture, the report provides compelling highlights of the center’s work to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems, there …


Tsedeke Abate joins CIMMYT as DTMA Project Leader

May 17, 2012

A citizen of Ethiopia, Tsedeke Abate joined CIMMYT Global Maize Program on 08 May 2012, and has taken over responsibilities from Wilfred Mwangi as the project leader of the Drought Tolerant Maize for …


CIMMYT participates in EU Day exhibition in Nairobi

May 17, 2012

As part of European Union Day celebrations in Kenya, an exhibition to showcase research and development activities supported by the EU or its member states took place on 09 May 2012 at the Internation …


DTMA partners in West Africa gather for annual regional planning meeting

May 17, 2012

The Regional Planning Meeting for phase III of the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project was held in Kumasi, Ghana, during the week of 16-19 April 2012. The objectives of this meeting were …


Director General visits Nepal

May 16, 2012

CIMMYT director general Thomas Lumpkin visited Nepal during 01-03 May 2012. One of the main objectives of his visit was to discuss the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) launched last year in Ind …


Bangladesh seed summit

May 15, 2012

Food security is highlighted as one of the main priorities for Bangladesh in the country’s Investment Plan, and a sustainable seed supply constitutes a pivotal component of food security. With this in …


Maize farmers and seed businesses changing with the times in Malawi

May 15, 2012

In Malawi, farmers who have in the past few years witnessed crop failure due to poor rains are switching to two new drought tolerant maize varieties, and seed companies are changing their business mod …


Africa recruits research partners to secure its food

May 15, 2012

ACIAR’s Dr. John Dixon and Dr. Daniel Rodriguez of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, with farmers from Melkassa, Ethiopia A maize – legume farm in Tanzania Government extens …


New Seed Initiative for Maize in Southern Africa III

May 14, 2012

Few agricultural inputs are as important as seed, for it is the nature of the seed that determines the basic potential of any cropping enterprise. Without good quality seed of adapted, improved and ap …


Bulk-segregant analysis (BSA) for large-effect QTL detection

May 14, 2012

A population of 228 lines from a tolerant x susceptible cross has had DNA extracted and a polymorphism scan is underway.  High and low phenotypic tails for vegetative waterlogging stress tolerance hav …


Winter wheat

May 14, 2012

International Winter Wheat Improvement program (Turkey-CIMMYT-ICARDA) Introduction Winter wheat is a major food crop in the developed world. It occupies large proportion of arable land in Western Euro …