Maize and wheat seeds from all over the world are preserved at the CIMMYT genebank, used to bring new varieties to farmers, and backed up at the Global Seed Vault.
Developing genomic profiles of DNA samples can accelerate the breeding process.
Entomologist Punya Nachappa explains wheat curl mites, the impact of climate change and why breeding for host plant resistance is key.
Breeders are developing wheat varieties that have stable grain yield under low-water and high-temperature conditions.
Consumers near Mexico City perceived blue maize tortillas to taste better. They were willing to pay up to a third more to buy them for special family events or to consume them in restaurants.
Studying changing food consumption patterns in the context of urbanization and economic and population growth helps plan for the future.
Half a century earlier, scientists collected and preserved samples of maize landraces in Morelos, Mexico. Now, descendants of those farmers were able to get back their ancestral maize seeds and, with them, a piece of their family history.
Mechanization is about finding solutions for farmers in rural communities.
Growing the right wheat varieties is necessary to nutritiously feed a growing population in the context of environmental stress.
How CIMMYT fosters diversity in the workplace.