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Democratizing crop improvement

November 2, 2007

Maize breeders in the Mexican highlands are increasingly looking to farmers for input on how to improve crops, after decades of having little impact in these areas. It is estimated that only 7-15% of …


The importance of CIMMYT’s maize in Mexico

October 19, 2007

On September 9, and October 4 and 12, the highland maize program participated in field days in Chapingo, Puebla and Hidalgo. The events illustrated the continuing importance of CIMMYT germplasm in Mex …


Award from AgroBIO-México to Silverio García

October 19, 2007

In a gala ceremony on 18 October at the National Anthropology and History Museum of Mexico, AgroBio-México recognized Silverio García’s PhD thesis as one of the best in the country. AgroBio-México is …


Mexican maize landraces: eroding, but not lost

September 11, 2007

The fates of farmers and maize landraces in the central highlands of Mexico hinge on complex interactions between global and local economies Researchers, the media, and members of civil society organi …


Pride and pragmatism sustain a giant Mexican maize

August 18, 2007

Long as a man’s forearm, the biggest maize ears in the world are found in Jala, in the state of Nayarit, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. The traditional variety of this community is at risk, but a mai …


Out of the seminar room

August 10, 2007

The Genetic Resources and Enhancement Unit (GREU) broke with tradition this week when instead of the usual seminar with a PowerPoint presentation it moved the talk to the screen houses at El Batán. Ma …


Trustee Çakmak given 2007 Derek Tribe Award

June 30, 2007

CIMMYT Board member and Professor at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, Ismail Çakmak, has received the prestigious 2007 Derek Tribe Award of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engine …


How CIMMYT products reach resource-poor farmers: the case of Saraguro, Ecuador

June 1, 2007

Since 1995, staff from Ecuador’s National Institute of Agricultural and Livestock Research (INIAP) have worked with farmers in 17 communities in a remote Andean area to provide them seed of improved c …


Rousing homage to Hugo Cordova in Central America

April 27, 2007

Distinguished scientist Hugo Córdova Orellana, who will retire in May 2007, received a rousing tribute during the 53rd annual meeting of the Programa Cooperativo Centroamericano para el Mejoramiento d …


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 …


CIMMYT quality protein maize hybrids shine in 2005-06 trials

November 17, 2006

In global trials during 2005-06, white-grained, quality protein maize (QPM) experimental hybrids from CIMMYT significantly outyielded the best seed industry checks. QPM grain contains nearly twice nor …


Release of new CIMMYT-derived maize hybrid in Peru

November 10, 2006

A new maize hybrid, INIA 609 Naylamp, which yielded as much as 10 tons per hectare in marginal soils, based on data gathered from trials at 36 locations in the agriculturally rich province of Lambayeq …


Bihar to subsidize zero-tillage and maize

August 22, 2006

On 09 August, the government of Bihar State, India, announced a 25% subsidy for the purchase of zero-tillage seeders, bed planters, and maize threshers. According to Raj Gupta, facilitator of the Rice …


Corpoica maize ‘V-114’ released in Colombia

August 18, 2006

Last 25 July, more than 180 farmers and staff from CIMMYT and CORPOICA, Colombia’s agriculture research organization, gathered in the field of Isabel Cristina Cardenas at Los Palmitos, near Sincelejo, …


Quality protein maize awareness workshop held in Harare

May 26, 2006

In an effort to promote quality protein maize (QPM), CIMMYT, in collaboration with the Agricultural Research and Extension Service (AREX) in Zimbabwe, recently held a workshop on QPM awareness. QPM co …