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Highlights of the 12th Asian Maize Conference

November 27, 2014

The 12th Asian Maize Conference and Expert Consultation on “Maize for Food, Feed, Nutrition and Environmental Security” convened in Bangkok, Thailand from 31 October to 1 November 2014.

Enhancing the nutritional quality of maize

November 13, 2014

Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency, which can cause blindness and stunting, increased infant and maternal mortality and lower IQs, are at epidemic levels in some parts of Asia.

Is gluten the new villain? The New Yorker covers the rising gluten-free trend

November 7, 2014

“The most obvious question is also the most difficult to answer: How could gluten, present in a staple food that has sustained humanity for thousands of years, have suddenly become so threatening?”

Getting the most out of wheat

October 28, 2014

Wheat contributes significantly to the daily intake of essential dietary components, including B vitamins, minerals such as iron and zinc and dietary fiber.

Of wheat, weight, gluten and food intolerances

October 28, 2014

A popular dietary trend involves the elimination of wheat- and gluten-containing foods inspired in part by the book “Wheat Belly” written by cardiologist William Davis.

6th CSISA wheat breeding meeting reviews gains in South Asia

September 17, 2014

On 11-12 September, 61 scientists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal convened in Kathmandu, Nepal, for the 6th Wheat Breeding Review Meeting of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSIS …

New Scientist examines the gluten-free trend

September 6, 2014

It is estimated that nearly one in three people in the United States are living a “gluten-free” lifestyle (New Scientist, July 2014). This diet trend has been supported and encouraged by celebrities, …

Kenyan government officials visit MLN screening facility

September 3, 2014

Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease, which can cause up to 100 percent yield loss on farmers’ fields, is threatening this source of food and livelihoods for many in the country. Because of this, 40 co …

Bhutan releases new wheat varieties after a gap of 20 years

August 29, 2014

Wheat is currently considered a secondary cereal in Bhutan because it is grown over an area of only 5,540 acres. However, its contribution to the Bhutanese farming system in terms of food and other re …

Recent activities and accomplishments of the Agricultural Innovation Project (AIP) for Pakistan

August 22, 2014

The Agricultural Innovation Project (AIP) for Pakistan, led by CIMMYT and funded by USAID, has accomplished a great deal since its inception in March 2013. Among this year’s most notable AIP achieveme …

Wheat is not a “rich man’s crop”

August 21, 2014

Wheat productivity must first increase in developing countries, where yield gaps continue to be unacceptably high.

CIMMYT, Limagrain and Seed Co Limited teams discuss partnership for tackling maize lethal necrosis

August 21, 2014

Research managers and scientists from CIMMYT, Limagrain and Seed Co Limited held a discussion at CIMMYT-Nairobi on 4 July to forge a partnership to effectively tackle the maize lethal necrosis (MLN) d …

Partnership on maize lethal necrosis in Africa makes significant progress

August 19, 2014

Partners of the Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) project in Africa, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), came together to review and dis …

Why wheat matters

August 14, 2014

The history of wheat is the history of civilization.

Ethiopian Government Supports and Expands Promotion of Quality Protein Maize

August 12, 2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and El Batán, Mexico, 12 August 2014 – The Ethiopian government has announced the launch of a new initiative to improve nutritional security in the country. ‘Strengthening Quali …

Ethiopian government adopts quality protein maize scale-out plan

August 8, 2014

The Ethiopian government has embarked on a new initiative to improve nutritional security in the country through the widespread demonstration and use of quality protein maize (QPM), a type of maize th …

Affordable drought-tolerant maize for small holder farmers

July 30, 2014

By Anita Mins There is a growing need for drought-tolerant maize cultivars among smallholder farmers in developing countries, particularly in Asia where the cultivars’ development is a technical reali …

CIMMYT and the Canadian wheat alliance join forces to fight durum wheat diseases

June 19, 2014

By Mike Listman/CIMMYT CIMMYT and the Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA) launched a collaboration on 9 June to apply genomics-assisted breeding to develop new durum wheat varieties that are more resistant …

The boom-bust cycle of rust resistance genes continues unabated in western China, but CIMMYT lines mostly unaffected

June 11, 2014

By Garry Rosewarne/CIMMYT Pi’Xian yield trials of Chinese-bred, CIMMYT-derived stem rust lines (above) and the National Yield Trials (below) in the 2013-14 season that was particularly bad for lodging …

Putting up resistance

June 5, 2014

Dr. Ravi Singh, a CIMMYT Distinguished Scientist and Head-Bread Wheat Improvement & Rust Research, was recently profiled for his work with wheat in the article “Putting Up Resistance,” which appea …