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.


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.


Helping Nepalese farmers adapt to climate change

May 11, 2016

Cornell University’s Linda McCandless describes some of the agricultural challenges Nepalese farmers face after the devastating 2015 earthquake


A woman for wheat: Maricelis Acevedo takes on new role

May 11, 2016

Maricelis Acevedo, newly appointed associate director for science for the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat project left her island home of Puerto Rico in 2003 to pursue a career as a pathologist and h …


On Roman Robigalia Day, scientists size up battle against centuries-old wheat rust disease

April 18, 2016

For the Romans, the agricultural festival Robigalia celebrated each year on April 25 was dedicated to appeasing the rust god “Robigus,” known also as the goddess “Robigo.


Keeping virulent wheat diseases in check amid pressures of climate change

April 1, 2016

Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat is a new project that aims to mitigate climate change threats to wheat and develop disease-resistant and heat-tolerant varieties, writes Cornell’s Ronnie Coffman.


Wheat rust pathologist Maricelis Acevedo to speak in Washington on E. Africa nurseries

February 4, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT: Maricelis Acevedo, assistant professor and wheat rust pathologist at North Dakota State University (NDSU), to speak at “Pathogens Without Borders” session, leading a discussion ti …


CIMMYT scientist David Hodson to speak on pathogen surveillance systems in Washington

January 26, 2016

David Hodson delivers presentation at the International Wheat Conference in Sydney, Australia, September 2015. CORNELL/Christopher Knight MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT: David Hodson, senior scientist with the I …


CIMMYT scientist Ravi Singh in Washington, D.C. to receive AAAS honor

January 20, 2016

CIMMYT Distinguished Scientist Ravi Singh. CIMMYT/Alfonso Cortes MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT: Distinguished Scientist and Head of Bread Wheat Improvement at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Cente …


CIMMYT marks 50 years of innovation in agricultural science for development

January 1, 2016

CIMMYT will celebrate its 50th anniversary during a three-day event from September 27 to 29, 2016, at headquarters in El Batán, near México City.


Germplasm Research

December 2, 2015

The Genetic Resources Program manages CIMMYT’s gene bank — also known as a germplasm bank — the Seed Health Unit, Biometrics & Statistics Unit, and Data Management Unit. The program conserves, a …


HarvestPlus

December 1, 2015

HarvestPlus aims to reduce hidden hunger and provide micronutrients to billions of people directly through the staple foods that they eat. We use a novel process called biofortification to breed highe …


CIMMYT scientist Ravi Singh receives honor for wheat genetics, breeding

November 26, 2015

Scientist Ravi Singh is named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to the field of agricultural research and development.


Global conference underscores complex socio-economic role of wheat

October 20, 2015

A recent gathering of more than 600 scientists highlighted the complexity of wheat as a crop and emphasized the key role wheat research plays in ensuring global food security.


Kingbird released in Ethiopia to combat new stem rust threat

October 5, 2015

Kingbird released in Ethiopia to combat new stem rust threat. Credit: Linda McCandless Farmers in Ethiopia are banking on Kingbird, the latest variety of wheat to be released by the Ethiopian Institut …


Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

September 28, 2015

Achieving sustainable food security in a world with a growing population, changing diets and a changing climate is a major challenge. More food is needed in the future but climate change means less fo …


Women in Triticum award winners reflect “diversity and talent”

September 22, 2015

Women who show significant leadership potential receive the Women of Triticum Award at the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Conference.


Scientists to detail state of Ug99 food security threat at Sydney meeting

September 18, 2015

Wheat farmers are facing troubles on various fronts, particularly the threat of devastating disease.


Replacing gender myths and assumptions with knowledge

September 18, 2015

If we are to be truly successful in improving the lives of farmers and consumers in the developing world, we need to base our interventions on the best evidence available.