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Smallholder farmers to gain from targeted CRISPR-Cas9 crop breeding

October 31, 2017

Gene editing technology could revolutionize the way scientists breed high-yielding drought, disease and pest resistant, high quality plant seeds, greatly reducing the time it currently takes to develo …


Wheat scientist receives Monsanto award for promising work on yield potential

October 26, 2017

A scientist whose work is projected to significantly increase wheat production for smallholder farmers around the world has won the 2017 Ted Crosbie MBBISP Impact Award presented by Monsanto.


How a seed bank in Mexico produces data to help alleviate poverty

October 16, 2017

Scientist Kevin Pixley leads a project to catalogue 178,000 corn and wheat seeds at the CIMMYT seed bank near Mexico City.


CIMMYT genetic resources and biodiversity expert Kevin Pixley at 2017 Borlaug Dialogue

October 13, 2017

WHAT: Kevin Pixley, director of the Genetic Resources Program and the Seeds of Discovery Project at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), will moderate a panel entitled “How C …


Second International Workshop of the CGIAR Germplasm Health Units

May 17, 2017

The Second International Workshop of the CGIAR Germplasm Health Units will take place from June 5-8, 2017 at CIMMYT Headquarters in Texcoco, Mexico.


New Publications: Common platform improves collaboration for research on genetic resources

May 4, 2017

A common platform through which data on genetic resources can be disseminated to both crop researchers and breeders can strengthen research communities.


Closing the circle: Kanwarpal Dhugga works at CIMMYT

March 29, 2017

Growing up on a small farm in India’s northwest Punjab state, Kanwarpal Dhugga was a young boy when the first Green Revolution wheat varieties arrived in his village.


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.


A ton of seed shipped to the doomsday vault at Svalbard

February 8, 2017

More than two-thirds of CIMMYT seed collections are now backed-up in the vault on an island in the icy Barents Sea, north of mainland Norway.


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.


Breaking Ground: Jiafa Chen on improving maize and building partnerships

January 11, 2017

Jiafa Chen has helped identify new genetic resources that have been used in breeding new maize varieties that withstand environmental and biological stresses.


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.


Agricultural biodiversity key to future crop improvement

November 25, 2016

Conserving and using agricultural biodiversity to create better crops can help meet several sustainable development goals and stave off further species extinctions.


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

November 18, 2016

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

November 17, 2016

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


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

November 3, 2016

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.


Gene bank crowdfunding campaign gains traction with commercial seed industry

September 27, 2016

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – 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 …


Gene bank crowdfunding campaign gains traction with commercial seed industry

September 27, 2016

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.


Ancient maize varieties provide modern solution to tar spot complex

July 25, 2016

In southern Mexico and Central America a fungal maize disease known as tar spot complex is decimating yields, threatening local food security and livelihoods.