Scientists tackle deadly fall armyworm infestation devastating maize in southern Africa

February 23, 2017

Smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa are facing a new threat as a plague of intrepid fall armyworms creeps across the region, so far damaging an estimated 287,000 hectares of maize.


New Publications: Study shows benefits and trade-offs of conservation agriculture in southern Africa

February 23, 2017

CIMMYT with other partners combined empirical data and results from a cropping system model to quantify benefits and trade-offs of CA in southern Africa.


Pakistan releases first quality protein maize varieties

February 23, 2017

Pakistan is releasing quality protein maize for commercial consumption, which could help boost nutrition across the country where nearly half of all children are chronically malnourished.


Scientists in Afghanistan set new program to raise wheat harvests

February 17, 2017

Inadequate access to new disease-resistant varieties and short supplies of certified seed are holding up wheat harvesting and contributing to rising food insecurity in Afghanistan.


Radio broadcast highlights maize improvement in Pakistan

February 16, 2017

Public and private sector maize stakeholders came together to discuss CIMMYT’s maize interventions and innovations in Pakistan during a recent radio interview.


Surveillance training to control wheat blast in Bangladesh

February 14, 2017

40 wheat pathologists, breeders and agronomists gathered to combat wheat blast at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) at Gazipur, Bangladesh.


CIMMYT scientist takes lead role in American Agronomy Society’s sustainable intensification community

February 13, 2017

Timothy Krupnik, systems agronomist at CIMMYT, leads the Sustainable Intensification community of the American Society for Agronomy’s Environmental Quality section.


USAID makes special visit to CIMMYT activities in Bangladesh

February 10, 2017

USAID’s Deputy Administrator visited Bangladesh to learn how CIMMYT engages with partners to help smallholder farmers uptake sustainable agriculture practices.


New Publications: Stress tolerant maize in eastern and southern bring on-farm gains

February 9, 2017

Maize is a major food crop in sub-Saharan, yet yields remain low under smallholder farmer conditions compared to other regions due to drought, low soil quality and other stresses.


A ton of seed shipped to the doomsday vault at Svalbard

February 8, 2017

More than two-thirds of CIMMYT seed collections are now backed-up in the vault on an island in the icy Barents Sea, north of mainland Norway.


CIMMYT scientist cautions against new threats from wheat rust diseases

February 8, 2017

Scientists are concerned over the proliferation of highly virulent fungal wheat diseases, including two new races of yellow rust and a new race of stem rust.


Breaking Ground: Caixia Lan on identifying building blocks for rust resistant wheat

February 8, 2017

Support for research into breeding crops resistant to wheat rust is essential to manage the spread of the deadly disease, caused vast yield losses globally in recent years, says scientist Caixia Lan.


Study reveals diversity “blueprint” to help maize crops adapt to changing climates

February 6, 2017

Scientists have unlocked evolutionary secrets of landraces through an unprecedented study of allelic diversity, revealing more about the genetic basis of flowering time and how maize adapts to variabl …


Breaking Ground: Bhoja Basnet sets sights on increasing wheat yield potential through hybrid seeds

February 1, 2017

Scientist Bhoja Raj Basnet shares his journey from Nepal to Mexico where he joined CIMMYT as a postdoctoral fellow working in the bread wheat improvement program.


New study reveals how controlling wheat hormones can cool hot crops

January 31, 2017

A plant-aging hormone could increase wheat yields by 10 to 15 percent in warm locations, according to a recent study published in New Phytologist journal.


Crop sensors sharpen nitrogen management for wheat in Pakistan

January 27, 2017

Pakistani and CIMMYT scientists are working with wheat farmers to test and promote precision agriculture technology.


New Publications: How to maintain food security under climate change

January 26, 2017

An internationally coordinated approach is key to breed and deploy crops resilient to climate change effects.


Agricultural researchers forge new ties to develop nutritious crops and environmental farming

January 25, 2017

Scientists from two of the world’s leading agricultural research institutes will embark on joint research to boost global food security.


Partners invited to apply for allocation of second set of new CIMMYT pre-commercial hybrids

January 25, 2017

National agricultural research systems and seed companies are invited to apply for the allocation of pre-commercial hybrids, after which they will be able to register, produce and offer the improved s …


Breaking Ground: Carolina Sansaloni explores and unlocks genetic potential from wheat genebanks

January 25, 2017

Carolina Sansaloni’s passion for genetics began when she was at university in Argentina, an interest that grew as she moved on to receive her master’s and doctoral degrees in molecular biology.