CIMMYT releases 26 new maize lines

October 4, 2018

The new lines are specifically adapted  to tropical/subtropical maize production environments in Africa, Asia and Latin America,  and are freely available to both public and private sector breeders wo …


New publications: What drives capacity to innovate?

September 27, 2018

Involving diverse segments of a target population in agricultural innovation interventions allows for more inclusive and equitable processes while stimulating local innovation and development outcomes …


Researchers find “hotspot” regions in the wheat genome for high zinc content, new study shows

September 17, 2018

The reported work by wheat scientists paves the way for expanded use of wild grass species, such as Aegilops tauschii (also known as goat grass; pictured here) as sources of new genes for higher grain …


CIMMYT recognized for support in restoring Guatemalan seed systems after hurricane

September 13, 2018

CIMMYT maize germplasm bank staff preparing the order for the repatriation of Guatemalan seed varieties. (Photo: CIMMYT) The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) maize germplasm b …


New publications: Germplasm bank accessions add value to elite wheat lines

September 13, 2018

For the first time ever, a research team of more than 40 scientists has genetically characterized values of exotics in hexaploid wheat. CIMMYT scientists, together with partners in Demark, India, Mexi …


Suitcase-sized lab speeds up wheat rust diagnosis

September 10, 2018

A farm landscape in Ethiopia. (Photo: Apollo Habtamu/ILRI) Despite her unassuming nature, the literary character Miss Marple solves murder mysteries with her keen sense of perception and attention to …


CIMMYT collaborator wins Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application

September 4, 2018

Matthew Rouse, a researcher with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has been named the winner of the 2018 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research a …


Over 100,000 genes: CIMMYT scientist talks about the new wheat genome map

August 31, 2018

After 13 years of research, an international team of more than 200 scientists recently cracked the full genome of bread wheat. Considering that wheat has five times more DNA than humans, this is a sig …


A tribute to the late Abraham Blum, plant physiologist and CIMMYT partner

August 24, 2018

Abraham Blum, 1934-2018. (Photo: Courtesy of Arnon Blum) Long-time CIMMYT partner and plant physiologist Abraham Blum passed away on March 10, 2018, at the age of 84, after having dedicated his career …


New publications: Toxin-producing fungal strains can now be detected in maize field soils with a new technique

August 23, 2018

A novel approach allows the detection of aflatoxin-producing fungi in maize fields. A new study explains the technique and how it was tested. “Detection of Aflatoxigenic and Atoxigenic Mexican Aspergi …


Video: How to identify and scout for fall armyworm

August 16, 2018

A new 3-D animation video published yesterday shows farmers how to scout for and identify the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda). The video shows scouting techniques and highlights the importance o …


New publications: Adopting new agricultural technologies in Bangladesh

August 14, 2018

New technologies are at the core of sustainable agricultural growth and rural poverty alleviation, says Khondoker Mottaleb, an Agricultural Economist working within CIMMYT’s Socioeconomic Program. How …


Fall armyworm reported in India: battle against the pest extends now to Asia

August 13, 2018

A fall armyworm found on maize plants in Khamman district, Telangana state, India. (Photo: ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research) The fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda, a devastating insect …


Call for nominees: Maize-Asia Youth Innovators Awards

August 6, 2018

Nominations are open for the 2018 Maize-Asia Youth Innovators Awards. The first edition of these awards recognizes the contributions of young women and men below 35 years of age who are implementing i …


Humankind is falling into ecological debt. Can we get out?

August 1, 2018

A new study shows Earth Overshoot Day – the point at which the consumption of earth’s resources exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate – is arriving faster. Thirty years ago, Earth Overshoot Day …


Nutritious vitamin A orange maize boosts health and livelihoods in Zimbabwe

July 25, 2018

Ashley Muzhange eats sadza with her family in rural Zimabwe. Her sadza is made with vitamin A orange maize, a variety improving the nutrition of children and families in the nation. Photo: Matthew O’L …


Breaking Ground: Gemma Molero sheds light on wheat photosynthesis

July 18, 2018

Despite the rising interest in advanced methods to discover useful genes for breeding in crops like wheat, the role of crop physiology research is now more important than ever, according to Gemma Mole …


Training manual greases the wheels for mechanization entrepreneurs

July 13, 2018

A new training manual launched today provides practical guidance for agricultural mechanization entrepreneurs in rural areas, where family farmers commonly lack capital to invest in the farm power.


Advocating for women entrepreneurship in Bangladesh

July 11, 2018

Dipty Roy operating her power take-off machinery in the village of Taltola, Rajbari. Photo: Rowshan Anis/iDE In Bangladesh, women disproportionately face social stigmas regarding appropriate behaviors …


Next-generation science and partnerships for impact at CIMMYT: Selected images from Science Week 2018

July 5, 2018

Every two years scientists from 15 offices worldwide of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) gather at the center’s headquarters in Mexico for an event known as “Science Week, …