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New maize hybrid shows resistance to stem borers in South Africa

March 22, 2017

Smallholder farmers in South Africa can now access and grow new maize varieties with transgenic resistance to stem borers, the most damaging insect pest of maize.


Bangladesh urges $500 million in funds to intensify surface water irrigation

March 20, 2017

Most current food security projections show that staple crop production must double by 2050 to keep up with global need, which will continue to expand.


Breaking Ground: Xuecai Zhang prepares future generation of crop breeders

February 28, 2017

Xuecai Zhang wants to merge traditional maize breeding methods with new software and other tools to help improve farmers’ yields faster than ever.


Breaking Ground: Cesar Petroli on data-driven use of maize genetic diversity

February 15, 2017

Access to genetic data can revolutionize research partnerships and lead to major benefits for crop breeders aiming to help smallholder farmers boost yields, says geneticist Cesar Petroli.


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.


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.


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.


Breaking Ground: Scientist Deepmala Sehgal on the trail of novel wheat diversity

January 18, 2017

Molecular analysis research by Deepmala Sehgal has led to the discovery of novel genes for yield, disease resistance and climate resilience in previously little-used wheat genetic resources.


Surface water irrigation has the potential to boost cereal productivity in Bangladesh

January 16, 2017

For the first time, researchers have mapped rivers and freshwater canals in southern Bangladesh using geospatial tools.


Harnessing medical technology and global partnerships to drive gains in food crop productivity

December 22, 2016

Global research networks must overcome nationalist and protectionist tendencies to provide technology advances the world urgently needs.


Improved maize offers new economic opportunity to Kenyan family

December 20, 2016

Improved maize varieties offer new economic opportunity to families in Kenya.


New Publications: Rise of micro-satellites offers cost-effective way to collect data on smallholder farms

December 7, 2016

Micro-satellites are emerging as an effective low-cost option to collecting data like sow date and yields on small farms across the developing world.


2Blades and CIMMYT form alliance to tackle threat of wheat stem rust

December 7, 2016

Kanwarpal Dhugga, CIMMYT lead of biotechnology opportunities demonstrates how to separate an immature embryo from a developing wheat seed to 2Blades Program Director Lynne Reuber and 2Blades Chairman …


Healthy soils for a healthy, food secure future

December 5, 2016

Humanity relies on soils not only for food production but also for a range of vital ecosystem services, its health is essential to a healthy and food secure future.


Cutting-edge tools promote conservation, use of biodiversity

December 4, 2016

CIMMYT scientists will present at the COP 13 conference on a new collection of tools and resources that could revolutionize maize breeding and promote genetic diversity conservation.


Scientists meet in Mexico to revolutionize ways of “watching” experimental plants

December 1, 2016

200 world-class scientists from over 20 countries will gather in Mexico from December 13 to 15 for the 4th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium.


Advice for India’s rice-wheat farmers: Put aside the plow and save straw to fight pollution

November 28, 2016

Recent media reports show that the 19 million inhabitants of New Delhi are under siege from a noxious haze.