Posts Tagged ‘top story’

Scientists tackle deadly fall armyworm infestation devastating maize in southern Africa

February 23, 2017

Smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa are facing a new threat as a plague of intrepid fall armyworms creeps across the region, so far damaging an estimated 287,000 hectares of maize.


Q+A: Scientist Thokozile Ndhlela inspires girls in Africa to embrace agriculture careers

February 16, 2017

CIMMYT maize breeder Thokozile Ndhlela interviewed on career and inspiring girls in Africa to embrace agriculture.


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.


Entrenched gender roles threaten women’s longevity in research careers

February 10, 2017

Despite over a decade of implementing policies and programs to promote gender equity in research, some countries have seen women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers stagnate an …


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.


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.


Breaking Ground: Caixia Lan on identifying building blocks for rust resistant wheat

February 8, 2017

Support for research into breeding crops resistant to wheat rust is essential to manage the spread of the deadly disease, caused vast yield losses globally in recent years, says scientist Caixia Lan.


Breaking Ground: Bhoja Basnet sets sights on increasing wheat yield potential through hybrid seeds

February 1, 2017

Scientist Bhoja Raj Basnet shares his journey from Nepal to Mexico where he joined CIMMYT as a postdoctoral fellow working in the bread wheat improvement program.


New study reveals how controlling wheat hormones can cool hot crops

January 31, 2017

A plant-aging hormone could increase wheat yields by 10 to 15 percent in warm locations, according to a recent study published in New Phytologist journal.


Crop sensors sharpen nitrogen management for wheat in Pakistan

January 27, 2017

Pakistani and CIMMYT scientists are working with wheat farmers to test and promote precision agriculture technology.


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.


Can sub-Saharan Africa meet its future cereal food requirement?

December 12, 2016

To satisfy the enormous increase in demand for food in sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, cereal yields must increase to 80 percent of their potential.


2Blades and CIMMYT form alliance to tackle threat of wheat stem rust

December 7, 2016

Kanwarpal Dhugga, CIMMYT lead of biotechnology opportunities demonstrates how to separate an immature embryo from a developing wheat seed to 2Blades Program Director Lynne Reuber and 2Blades Chairman …


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

December 5, 2016

International 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 attending a major scientific even …


CGIAR congratulates the Convention on Biological Diversity at COP13

December 4, 2016

CGIAR committed to contribute to the actions mentioned in the Cancun Declaration on Mainstreaming the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity for Well-Being together with all its partners.


Advice for India’s rice-wheat farmers: Put aside the plow and save straw to fight pollution

November 28, 2016

Recent media reports show that the 19 million inhabitants of New Delhi are under siege from a noxious haze.


Target for 10 million more climate-smart farmers in southern Africa amid rising cost of El Niño

November 23, 2016

Research centers, development agencies and governments must work together to respond to climate predictions before food crises develop, say two CIMMYT scientists.