PLC6 is a term used to refer to an advanced stage of hybrid testing at Syngenta, a partner of the Affordable, Accessible, Asian (AAA) Drought Tolerant Maize Project. Four hybrids, representing combinations of Syngenta and CIMMYT germplasm are currently at PLC6 in big plots at multiple locations. The trajectory of this process points to pilot marketing of a limited quantity of hybrid seed in 2016 and a full market launch in 2017.
Food shortages will escalate due to climate-change related production shocks and the international community must prepare to respond to price increases and social unrest.
Government of Zimbabwe and CIMMYT to establish maize lethal necrosis (MLN) quarantine facility at Mazowe
A modern quarantine facility will be established this year to safely import maize breeding materials and proactively breed for MLN resistance and tolerance.
For many farmers in the developing world, cell phones are the most accessible form of technology, but are only one of many technologies changing agriculture.
A modern quarantine facility will be set up in Zimbabwe to safely import materials and proactively breed for resistance against MLN.
Although climate change is a global phenomenon, its impacts vary depending on region and season. To formulate appropriate adaptation options and ensure timely responses, we first need to better understand the potential impacts of climate change on maize yield and production, on different spatial and temporal scales.
CIMMYT is stepping up efforts to combat malnutrition through agricultural research and the release of orange maize varieties.
The state of Haryana, India’s breadbasket, faces a major challenge due to the excessive use of nitrogen fertilizer (N: P: K = 27.2: 9.8: 1) in agriculture. The overuse of nitrogen fertilizer in the rice-wheat systems of Haryana has led to high production costs, low efficiency, environmental pollution and nitrate contamination of groundwater, which causes blue baby syndrome in young children.