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John R. Porter, noted crop and climate scientist, becomes chairperson of the Independent Steering Committee for global wheat research

November 8, 2017

EL BATAN, Mexico (8 November 2017) – Professor Dr. John R. Porter, from the Agropolis/Montpellier Supagro/INRA/CIRAD conglomeration in Montpellier, France, has been elected as Chair of the Independent …


New crop varieties that counter climate change: a best bet for farmers

November 6, 2017

  Stress-tolerant maize varieties are helping farmers produce more food despite climate change. Photo: Johnson Siamachira/CIMMYT. MEXICO CITY (CIMMYT) – As the world’s changing climate makes it m …


Borlaug Dialogue delegates widen net to curb threat from fall armyworm

November 5, 2017

World Food Prize laureates have joined forces with an international alliance battling the fall armyworm, an aggressive pest indigenous to the Americas with a voracious appetite, and now widespread thr …


First blast resistant, biofortified wheat variety released in Bangladesh

October 18, 2017

The first blast resistant wheat variety has been released in Bangladesh.


Improved wheat helps reduce women’s workload in rural Afghanistan

October 12, 2017

New research shows improved wheat raises the quality of life for men and women across rural communities in Afghanistan.


New screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya

October 3, 2017

The maize lethal necrosis screening site in Kenya will begin its second screening cycle of 2017 at the end of October.


Asian scientists join cross-continental training to restrain wheat blast disease

October 2, 2017

Nine South Asia wheat researchers recently visited the Americas for training on measures to control a deadly and mysterious wheat blast disease.


Drought tolerant maize provides extra 9 months of food for farming families

September 29, 2017

A new study shows that drought tolerant maize varieties can provide farming families in Zimbabwe an extra 9 months of food at no additional cost.


Entrepreneurship increases youth employment in Nepal

August 11, 2017

CSISA partnership with a young entrepreneur in Nepal helps keep other youths involved in Agriculture.


Breaking Ground: Crop simulation models help Balwinder Singh predict future challenges

May 25, 2017

Balwinder Singh uses crop simulation models to help smallholder farmers in South Asia prepare for future climates and unexpected challenges.


Maize breeding on track for climate change in Africa, scientist urges bigger investments

April 21, 2017

With appropriate funding, maize yields can continue to increase in extreme heat and drought conditions, scientists say.


New selection method allows for rapid development of improved maize varieties

March 30, 2017

MARS is helping maize breeders develop higher yielding and drought-tolerant improved varieties faster than ever before, according to a recent study from CIMMYT scientists.


Despite hardships, women running own households provide model of empowerment and innovation

March 7, 2017

GENNOVATE research reveals communities with numerous women-headed households record high levels of poverty reduction.


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: Monica Mezzalama keeps vital check on seed health and biosafety

February 22, 2017

Plant pathology expert Monica Mezzalama shares on keeping biosafety and seed health in check at CIMMYT.


Surveillance training to control wheat blast in Bangladesh

February 14, 2017

40 wheat pathologists, breeders and agronomists gathered to combat wheat blast at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) at Gazipur, Bangladesh.


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.


New cycle of maize lethal necrosis germplasm screening to begin at Kenya site in May 2017

February 3, 2017

Artificial inoculation of maize germplasm at the MLN screening site in Naivasha, Kenya. B. Wawa/CIMMYT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — The first screening activity for the 2017A planti …


Cornell receives UK support to aid scientists fighting threats to global wheat supply

January 24, 2017

Ronnie Coffman (r), Cornell plant breeder and director of the new Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project, surveys rust resistant wheat in fields of the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Re …


Wheat rust poses food security risk for global poor, says DFID’s Priti Patel

December 5, 2016

Wheat rust monitoring efforts are not only keeping the fast-spreading disease in check, but are deployed to manage other crop diseases, said a scientist at a scientific meeting in London.