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

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.

Global wheat community discusses research, partnerships at Obregon pilgrimage

For hundreds of international agricultural development experts, an annual gathering in northern Mexico provides a vital platform for sharing and debating the latest wheat breeding news and research.

Keeping virulent wheat diseases in check amid pressures of climate change

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.

Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat

Climate-change-induced heat stress and disease pathogens migrating across borders threaten the world’s wheat supply and food security in Africa and the Middle East. Building on the Durable Rust Resist …

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

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

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 marks 50 years of innovation in agricultural science for development

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

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 …

Training the next generation of rust researchers to combat stem rust race Ug99

Certificate distribution to trainees: Sridhar Bhavani (CIMMYT), Immaculate Maina (Center Director, KALRO) and Saikat Das (trainee from India). Photo: Marianna Myer. For the seventh consecutive year, s …

Kingbird released in Ethiopia to combat new stem rust threat

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)

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 …

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

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

Replacing gender myths and assumptions with knowledge

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.

Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat

The Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat project, a collaborative effort begun in April 2008, which now includes 22 research institutions around the world and is led by Cornell University, seeks to mitiga …

SUPER WOMAN: Jessica Rutkoski conquers math demons, finds success as wheat breeder

In high school, Jessica Rutkoski was similar to many girls who suffer from the tedium and complexity of high school arithmetic – she avoided it.

Food Security

As staple foods, maize and wheat provide vital nutrients and health benefits, making up close to two-thirds of the world’s food energy intake, and contributing 55 to 70 percent of the total calories i …

CGIAR Research Program on WHEAT

WHEAT is part of an international, collaborative effort to raise the productivity of wheat farming systems, address the global threat of climate change, stem rust disease and help wheat farmers in dev …

Industrial water run-off can sustainably boost crop production

An irrigation project in Ethiopia uses industrial runoff from a brewery to nourish wheat crops, diverting it from a nearby river and protecting the health of local residents.

Ethiopia’s seed co-ops benefit entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers

Government-subsidized farmer-run cooperatives produce high-yielding, disease-resistant wheat seed, accelerating distribution and helping smallholder farmers grow healthy crops.

Keeping track of rust

‘The disease that never sleeps’ is how Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug once described wheat rust, a group of deadly, constantly changing fungal pathogens that pose a serious threat to food security …