USDA visits CIMMYT

March 30, 2007

Michael Yost, Administrator, of the Foreign Agricultural Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) paid a brief visit to CIMMYT El Batán on Saturday, 24 March. He was accompanied b …


Toluca field day

March 30, 2007

CIMMYT’s Toluca field station has held another successful demonstration of reduced and zero till techniques to Mexican farmers. As superintendent of Toluca station, Fernando Delgado oversees the plant …


Successful workshop for plant breeders in Beijing

March 30, 2007

Plant breeders and postgraduates majoring in genetics and breeding gathered at the Institute of Crop Science of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science in Beijing between 19 and 22 March to learn …


Chile’s Minister of Agriculture visits CIMMYT

March 16, 2007

The Minister of Agriculture of Chile, Alvaro Rojas Marín, spent Friday morning, 23 March 2007, touring CIMMYT’s germplasm bank and the biotech lab and talking with Masa Iwanaga, Director General. He w …


Advanced wheat improvement

March 9, 2007

Eight breeders from developing countries arrived in El Batán this week to attend the Advanced Wheat Improvement course. They come from India, Pakistan, Sudan, Egypt, Ecuador and South Africa and will …


The release in Peru of a QPM hybrid with a global reach

March 9, 2007

A new single-cross, quality protein maize (QPM) hybrid called “NutriPeru” and designated INIA 611 was released at the Donoso research station, 80 km north of Lima, Peru, on 09 February 2007. Its paren …


Assistance for resistance

March 9, 2007

One of the questions Norman Borlaug often asks when talking about rusts in the major cereals is why rice is not susceptible to rust fungi but wheat, barley and other cereals are. That question inspire …


Australian Nuffield Scholars ask searching questions of CIMMYT researchers

March 2, 2007

Eleven winners of the prestigious 2006 Nuffield Farming Scholarships in Australia visited CIMMYT during 5-7 March 2007, as part of a study tour covering three continents and diverse farming systems an …


CIMMYT on Al Jazeera TV

March 2, 2007

A crew from the new English language all-news television network, Al Jazeera, which is headquartered in Doha, Qatar, paid a visit to El Batán on Wednesday. They came to videotape segments of a story t …


Project 11 meetings touch on CIMMYT knowledge and impacts

February 23, 2007

Seeking to review progress and plan future contributions to CIMMYT research, nine members of Project 11, “Knowledge, targeting and strategic assessment of maize and wheat farming systems,” met in El B …


CIMMYT being ready saves two Mexican girls: local community in northern Mexico benefits from work of the Security and Hygiene Committee

February 23, 2007

You’ve heard of collateral damage, but this story is about collateral benefits, according to Iván Ortiz-Monasterio, CIMMYT wheat agronomist posted to Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, northern Mexico. “At 1 a.m …


CIMMYT Board Chair at ICRISAT

February 16, 2007

Lene Lange, chair of the CIMMYT Board of Trustees, recently visited the headquarters of our sister institute, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Patanche …


Whistle-stop tour

February 16, 2007

Sixteen members of the Illinois Farm Bureau paid a brief visit to El Batán on Wednesday. The group included maize, wheat, and soybean farmers and they are on a study tour to learn about Mexican agricu …


Wheat meets

February 16, 2007

Staff of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program have just concluded a week of intense meetings at El Batán. For the first three days the scientific team presented highlights and research results from work over …


CIMMYT mourns the passing of Bent Skovmand

February 9, 2007

After years of battling illness, former CIMMYT scientist Bent Skovmand died on 06 February 2007 in Kävlinge, Sweden, at the age of 62. Born in Frederiksberg, Denmark, Skovmand did his undergraduate an …


Project 10 meetings in Zimbabwe showcase center work on sustainable systems

February 9, 2007

During 30 January-03 February, members of CIMMYT Project 10, “Conservation agriculture for maize and wheat cropping systems,” held annual review and planning meetings in Harare, Zimbabwe. “The work we …


Farewell to Raj Gupta

February 9, 2007

On January 19, 2007, Raj Gupta stepped down as the CIMMYT Facilitator of the Rice-Wheat Consortium (RWC) based in New Delhi, India. When Raj assumed the leadership of the RWC, the technological founda …


“Dedication” for a lifetime’s dedication: Cordova honored by Central American network

December 29, 2006

The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Central American Cooperative Program for the Improvement of Crops and Animals (PCCMCA)—a network established by Edwin J. Wellhausen and L. Sterling Wortman with Rockfell …


From labs to farmer’s lots: mapping impact pathways for CIMMYT

December 21, 2006

How do CIMMYT research products reach farmers, and how can we make that happen better, more quickly, and more often? Those are a few of the issues that CIMMYT staff, with logistical and technical supp …


Transparency and transmission: wheat quality in the marketplace

December 21, 2006

According to Erika Meng, CIMMYT economist and organizer of a workshop on wheat quality held at El Batán during 7-8 December 2006: ‘“We’ve worked on wheat quality at CIMMYT for a long time, but usually …