Archive for January, 2015

Wheat farmers in Kenya battle new race of stem rust disease

January 30, 2015

A sister strain of highly virulent Ug99 stem rust disease is devastating wheat crops in Kenya, putting smallholder farmer livelihoods at risk.


Boosting yields while staving off the spread of wheat diseases

January 30, 2015

Wheat provides about 20 percent of the world’s food calories. Growing wheat to maturity can be complicated by fast-spreading virulent diseases, which threaten production and land-shortage pressures. T …


The perilous life of aphids fascinates South Asian crop scientists

January 27, 2015

Among the world’s most destructive and hated crop pests, the sap-sucking insects known as aphids are engaged in dramatic evolutionary battles with predators that include wasps whose larvae hatch and p …


‘Gluten-free’ diets put food security, human health at risk – nutritionist

January 26, 2015

Complete removal of wheat from the human diet would further cripple global efforts to feed the current global population of 7.2 billion, said Julie Miller Jones, a leading nutritionist.


MasAgro offers tortillas made of maize hybrids in highlands workshop

January 21, 2015

On 11 November 2014, representatives of Mexico’s highland maize value chain attended a workshop at CIMMYT headquarters in El Batán, Mexico. MasAgro- Maize Network partners, a representative from the m …


Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram presented with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman 2015 Award, the highest honor conferred on overseas Indians

January 20, 2015

On 9 January 2015, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, the India-born plant scientist who led wheat breeding research at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) based in Mexico for more than th …


Pakistan marks Borlaug’s 100th birthday with commemorative stamp

January 19, 2015

Pakistan’s National Philatelic Bureau issued a commemorative postage stamp to honor the 100th birthday, last 25 March, of late wheat scientist and Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug.


Safeguarding seeds against agricultural risks

January 13, 2015

Jill Cairns Photo credit: FarmD A webinar on Strengthening and Enhancing Seed Systems to Better Manage Agricultural Risk, was presented by Dr Jill Cairns (pictured), Crop Physiologist at the Internati …


Central American Agriculture and Livestock Council signs agreement with CIMMYT

January 5, 2015

At El Batán, Mexico, on 03 December, Thomas A. Lumpkin, CIMMYT director general, signed a memorandum of understanding with Julio Calderón, Executive Secretary of the Central American Agriculture and …


Tottori University students visit CIMMYT

January 2, 2015

A group of 16 undergraduate students and three professors from the University of Tottori, Japan, visited CIMMYT on 26 November.