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Wheat-rye crosses provide control for deadly sap-sucking aphid

June 22, 2018

Martin Kropff, CIMMYT director general (left) and Mustapha El-Bouhssini, ICARDA entomologist, in that center’s lab at Rabat, Morocco. In an excellent example of scientific collaboration spanning borde …


Agricultural researchers boost fight against malnutrition with staple crops

June 12, 2018

Tandoori bread (Photo: CIMMYT/Carlos Guzmán). Breeding research by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is generating not only higher-yielding maize and wheat varieties but al …


Tar Spot Complex a potential big black spot on US maize economy

May 30, 2018

A new study shows that nearly 12 million hectares of the maize-growing USA, approximately 33 percent of the entire maize-growing area of the country, might be vulnerable to a disease called Tar Spot C …


CIMMYT helps national programs to enhance maize breeding efficiency in Pakistan

May 29, 2018

Maize is Pakistan’s third important cereal following wheat and rice. However, Pakistan still imports more than 80 percent of the hybrid seeds, costing the country over $50 million annually and making …


Conservation Agriculture planning meeting held in Iran

May 28, 2018

A group photo taken during the planning meeting in Iran. Photo: CIMMYT archives The Iran-CIMMYT Project conducted a very successful planning meeting on Strategic Conservation Agriculture Research and …


Preserving native maize and culture in Mexico

May 21, 2018

Felipa Martinez shows off some of her family’s maize from last year’s harvest. Photo: Matthew O’Leary Felipa Martinez, an indigenous Mexican grandmother, grins as she shows off a bag bulging with maiz …


Breaking Ground: Lorena Gonzalez fast-forwards action on hunger using technology

May 17, 2018

Intrigued by the unique relationship food crops have to their geographical environment, Lorena Gonzalez dedicated her passion for geomatic technology to collect site-specific farm data that is revolut …


CIMMYT Board of Trustees: Out of the Boardroom and into the field

May 16, 2018

CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees members met with stakeholders on a recent visit to Mexico. Photo: CIMMYT archives The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)’s Board of Trustees visits th …


How collaboration can help grow and transform agriculture in Africa

May 16, 2018

Women at a maize mill in Ethiopia. Photo: CIMMYT/P. Lowe It’s been four years since African leaders met in Equatorial Guinea to commit themselves to boosting agricultural growth across the continent. …


Breaking Ground: Terry Molnar uses native maize varieties to find novel traits for breeding

April 19, 2018

Terry Molnar is helping farmers face these challenges by using the natural diversity of plants to unlock desirable genetic traits inside food crops.


Bearish headlines overstate the extent of available global wheat stocks, analysts say

April 5, 2018

The declining area sown to wheat worldwide, together with stockpiling by China, is masking significant risk in global wheat markets, experts at Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) in …


Young women scientists who will galvanize global wheat research

March 28, 2018

Winners of the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career Award joined an on-going wheat research training course organized by CIMMYT.


Scientists seek key to boost yields, ensure future food supply

March 23, 2018

Crop genetic gains remain too low, and international scientists are making a concerted effort to determine how best to increase yields.


Field trial design workshop for smallholder farmers who grow maize landraces

March 20, 2018

As part of the efforts of the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture program aimed at improving food security based on maize landraces in marginal areas of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico


New publications: The importance of wheat in the global food supply to a growing population

March 15, 2018

A new publication discusses the importance of wheat in the global food supply and meeting future demand from a growing population.


Global grain research and food industry experts meet to address rising malnutrition

March 14, 2018

Malnutrition is rising again and becoming more complex, according to the director-general of the world’s leading public maize and wheat research center.


New Publications: The best path to food security

March 1, 2018

Authors of a new study say encouraging smallholder farmers to produce more low-technology crops alongside the development of physical and social infrastructure to make markets more accessible is a str …


Seed savers celebrate “Doomsday Vault” tenth anniversary

February 22, 2018

CIMMYT’s Maize Germplasm Bank has its entire collection backed up in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Photo: CIMMYT archives EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — The “Doomsday Vault,” that safeguards fall-back …


USAID’s Feed the Future Nepal Seed and Fertilizer Project supports NGLRP to foster lentil productivity and profitability

February 19, 2018

Nepal’s National Grain Legumes Research Program (NGLRP), in collaboration with USAID’s Feed the Future Nepal Seed and Fertilizer Project, led by The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (C …


Deadly strain of wheat stem rust disease surfaces in Europe

February 8, 2018

Scientists have shown that the first appearance of wheat stem rust disease in the U.K. in nearly 60 years, which occurred in 2013, was caused by the same virulent fungal strain responsible for recent …