Archive for September, 2013

New facility investigates the hidden half of maize

September 30, 2013

By P.H. Zaidi/CIMMYT A new facility at CIMMYT-Hyderabad, India, will allow researchers to assess and quantify key root traits and their dynamics under various growing conditions. CIMMYT’s new root phe …


CIMMYT wheat research interests future scientists

September 27, 2013

By Amor Yahyaoui, Perla Noemí Chávez Dulanto and Isabel Peña/CIMMYT Photo: Arnauld Thiry, consultant to the GWP physiology team Wheat research is an intriguing story to many. CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Pro …


CIMMYT trustee receives Yara Prize for agricultural improvement in Africa

September 26, 2013

Photo courtesy of Yara By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT A member of CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees received the 2013 Yara Prize, an award that honors people who have significantly contributed to African agriculture. …


Bioversity, Borlaug Institute for South Asia and CIMMYT work more closely on climate resilient farming in eastern India

September 25, 2013

By M.L. Jat/CIMMYT Visitors see a demonstration on greenhouse gas measurements in CIMMYT’s long-term trial on conservation agriculture in rice-wheat systems at the Rajendra Agricultural University far …


Promoting biofortified wheat to women in India

September 24, 2013

By Arun Joshi/CIMMYT Chhavi Tiwari of Banaras Hindu University talks with Mirzapur farmers about biofortified wheat. Women farmers in India are learning about the benefits of biofortified wheat from C …


CIMMYT and FAO partner in efforts to improve subsistence farming in Mexico

September 23, 2013

By Miriam Shindler/CIMMYT Left to right: Horacio Rodríguez, MasAgro Extension Coordinator; Víctor López, MasAgro Institutional Relations Manager; Nuria Urquía, FAO Representative in Mexico; Thomas A. …


ICAR-CIMMYT organize training in molecular tools in wheat

September 23, 2013

By Arun Joshi, CIMMYT Twenty young scientists from India and Nepal learned about existing and up-and-coming wheat breeding tools during a training program last month. Continuing earlier training progr …


Dr. Norman E. Borlaug statue unveiled in India

September 20, 2013

Left to right: Katharine McDevitt, Professor of Sculpture at Chapingo Autonomous University and sculptor of the statue of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug; Dr. Etienne Duveiller, BISA Director of Research for So …


Mexico: early adopters of MasAgro technologies show their achievements

September 20, 2013

By Brenna Goth, CIMMYT Husband-and-wife duo Oscar Hernández Mendoza and Rosa Elena Montiel Díaz said their work with MasAgro helps them improve the lives of farmers in their town. The two made a prese …


MasAgro trainees evaluate maize quality and improve tortilla production

September 19, 2013

By Natalia Palacios, CIMMYT Mexico is the fifth highest maize-consuming country in the world. It is also the number one consumer of maize for food, given that its population eats 70 percent of availab …


CIMMYT launches mobile phone voice messaging for climate-smart villages in India

September 19, 2013

By Surabhi Mittal, CIMMYT Photo credit: S. Mittal/CIMMYT A new pilot program is trying to reach farmers in India with information on weather, pests and climate change — through their mobile phones. CI …


Pathology Research Greenhouse opened in Ankara, Turkey, honors researcher

September 13, 2013

A new greenhouse opened at the Central Field Crop Research Institute in Ankara, Turkey, honoring Senior Pathologist Lutfi Cetin for his contribution to wheat pathology research. The new, state-of-the- …


CIMMYT sets the stage for a CONACYT partnership

September 12, 2013

CIMMYT will explore potential partnership opportunities with the research centers of Mexico’s National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT), which specialize in exact and natural sciences and tech …


Maize stover: an underutilized resource for rainfed India

September 12, 2013

Introducing maize stover into India’s commercial dairy systems could mitigate fodder shortages and halt increasing fodder costs, according to new research by CIMMYT and the International Livestock Res …


Pollen traps monitor for transgenes in CIMMYT germplasm

September 11, 2013

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Two sets of filters made of polypropylene fibers in the upper part of the trap passively collect airborne pollen. The ten tall pollen traps that recently sprouted in the fields a …


Training on weed control in direct seeded rice will boost farmers’ confidence

September 10, 2013

CSISA scientists address farmers’ concerns on Direct Seeded Rice method in Haryana The Dry Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) method is gaining popularity in north India, thanks to the researchers, agricultural …


Mathematical models could further CIMMYT’s reach

September 9, 2013

Mathematical models could boost CIMMYT’s impact on Mexico, a leading scientist in the United States said last month. Carlos Castillo-Chavez, a Mexican-born scientist and professor at Arizona State Uni …


Release of 22 new CIMMYT maize lines: CMLs 540 to 561

September 6, 2013

Nine of the CMLs in the list have already proven their mettle in breeding programs in sub-Saharan Africa. For example, CML541 and CM542 are among the constituent lines of ZM309, an improved, early-mat …


CIMMYT releases 22 new maize inbred lines for the tropics and subtropics

September 5, 2013

CIMMYT is pleased to announce the release of 22 new CIMMYT maize lines (CMLs). The CMLs were developed at various breeding locations of CIMMYT Global Maize Program by multi-disciplinary teams of scien …


Iranian and CIMMYT scientists discuss utilization of wheat genetic resources

September 5, 2013

From 12 to 14 August, 2013, Global Wheat Program scientists Marc Ellis, Masahiro Kishii, and David Bonnett visited Iran. Together with Jalal Kamali, CIMMYT principal scientist and representative in Ir …