Archive for December, 2012

Tropicalized maize haploid inducers for doubled haploid-based breeding

December 28, 2012

The doubled haploid (DH) technology enables rapid development of completely homozygous maize lines and offers significant opportunities for fast-track development and release of elite cultivars. Besid …


Mainstreaming gender in maize improvement research

December 20, 2012

“Women are a key part of the mainstream in agriculture, yet they face formidable obstacles,” said CIMMYT gender and development specialist Vongai Kandiwa during a recent seminar in Nairobi, Kenya. Von …


Congratulations to Germplasm Bank!

December 19, 2012

The CIMMYT Maize and Wheat Germplasm Bank achieved ISO9001:2008 certification this week, after nearly two years of data gathering, intensive analysis, and assessment of processes and best practices. T …


Improving wheat seed system and end-use quality in Ethiopia

December 19, 2012

“My work in Africa is not finished,” Jeanie Borlaug quoted her father, Dr Norman Borlaug, during her opening statement for wheat seed system field day bringing together farmers, researchers, seed grow …


Calls to adopt SIMLESA approach in project implementation across Tanzania

December 18, 2012

“The Ministry, and specifically the Directorate of Research and Development, immensely commends SIMLESA’s participatory approach and would like to recommend it to other research and development partne …


Improving postharvest grain storage and loss assessment methods

December 14, 2012

In November, twelve researchers and development practitioners implementing phase two of the Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers Project (EGSP II) travelled from Mala …


Connecting people for sustainable agriculture

December 13, 2012

Father farmer in the field In Central Mexico, Conservation Agriculture, a more sustainable way of farming, has evolved from being a handful of researchers and a few innovative farmers working off of a …


Innovative public-private partnership to scale up conservation agriculture in Bangladesh

December 13, 2012

Developing public-private partnerships (PPPs) to expand conservation agriculture (CA) is one of the main goals of the USAID-funded Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia in Bangladesh (CSISA-BD). A …


Latin American maize breeders learn about doubled haploids

December 12, 2012

The use of doubled haploids in maize breeding was first proposed more than half a century ago and dramatically reduces the time required to produce homozygous inbred lines. Though widespread in modern …


CIMMYT and Iran: growing partnership in maize and wheat

December 11, 2012

To discuss the present status of maize breeding and possibilities for strengthening collaboration between CIMMYT and the national research institute in Iran, B.M. Prasanna (CIMMYT Global Maize Program …


HarvestPlus wheat varieties fight zinc and iron deficiency in India

December 10, 2012

A series of farmer-scientist interaction meetings to create awareness of HarvestPlus and new biofortified wheat varieties with high zinc and iron content, involve farmers in participatory varietal sel …