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

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

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

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

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

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

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


New Publications: Durum wheat is becoming more susceptible to rust globally

Leaf rust is increasingly impacting durum wheat production worldwide.


Improved genetic analysis offers faster, more precise results to crop breeders

Researchers improve global collaboration on harnessing genes in breeding that can help the crop withstand the effects of climate change.


New online learning platform offers capacity development for all

An online learning platform created in partnership with the Seeds of Discovery (SeeD) initiative will revolutionize the project’s capacity development efforts.


Combating spread of MLN in Africa poses unique but surmountable challenges, seed health specialist says

Maize lethal necrosis poses a major concern to researchers, seed companies and farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.


First drought tolerant and insect resistant “stacked” transgenic maize harvested in Kenya

For the first time, transgenic maize hybrids that combine insect resistance and drought tolerance have been harvested from confined field trials.


Public initiatives key to harnessing genetic diversity for food security, says genetic resources expert

Public initiatives to facilitate the use of genetic resources must be promoted to demonstrate the value they add to agriculture for development and food security.


Conference highlights urgent need to harness genetic resources for future food security

The International Agrobiodiversity Congress provides a platform for farmers, scientists, policymakers and industry leaders to share their experiences in agrobiodiversity management and genetic resourc …


New Publications: How to better breed maize for future climates in Latin America

New study reveals findings to help increase drought and heat tolerance in Latin American maize.


Growing more with less: Improving productivity, resilience and sustainability in Africa

Sustainable intensification is helping farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa become more productive, while adapting to and mitigating climate change.


Weeding out the losses: Striga challenges in Kenya

The Striga weed is one of the leading causes of crop loss in western Kenya, a significant dent to farmers’ livelihoods and major hindrance to food security in the area.


Private sector seed distribution vital for food security, World Food Prize delegates say

Public-private collaborations can deliver improved seeds to smallholder farmers faster, speeding up global efforts to meet food security targets.


Wheat in the pouring rain: Climate-smart sowing method boosts yields in India

Farmers in the neighboring state of Bihar, India, sow wheat using zero tillage. Photo: CSISA/CIMMYT EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – Zero tillage, the agricultural practice of sowing seed directly into unp …


Food security requires acceleration of advanced science, not just “feeding,” CIMMYT 50 delegates say

The agriculture for development sector must begin “nourishing” families with nutrition-sensitive interventions instead of focusing on “feeding,” says Lindiwe Majele Sibanda.


Gene bank crowdfunding campaign gains traction with commercial seed industry

A pledge of $10,000 by international plant breeding company KWS has given a big boost to an online crowdfunding initiative aiming to help maintain the world’s largest maize and wheat germplasm bank.