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The Molecular Maize Atlas encourages genetic diversity

March 13, 2019

With so much germplasm to categorize, what’s the best way to label them? Seeds of Discovery is working on the answer.


Support groups open women’s access to farm technologies in northeast India

March 12, 2019

Self-help groups in Bihar, India, are putting thousands of rural women in touch with agricultural innovations, including mechanization and sustainable intensification, that save time, money, and criti …


Growing need for food is reason for more biodiversity

March 8, 2019

A recent study in Ethiopia has led to two important new conclusions: that encouraging biodiversity on and around agricultural land likely increases its productivity, and that measurements of productiv …


New Publications: Identifying common genetic bases for yield, biomass and radiation use efficiency in spring wheat

March 7, 2019

For plant scientists, increasing wheat yield potential is one of the most prevalent challenges of their work. One key strategy for increasing yield is to improve the plant’s ability to produce biomass …


New publications: Gender and agricultural innovation in Oromia region, Ethiopia

February 27, 2019

Despite formal decentralization, agricultural services in Ethiopia are generally “top-down,” claim the authors of a recently published paper on gender and agricultural innovation. “Extension services, …


Assessing the effectiveness of a “wheat holiday” for preventing blast in the lower Gangetic plains

February 22, 2019

Policy to encourage alternative crops for wheat farmers in South Asia a short-term solution at best, say CIMMYT researchers


New infographics illustrate impact of wheat blast

February 18, 2019

Wheat blast is a fast-acting and devastating fungal disease that threatens food safety and security in the Americas and South Asia. First officially identified in Brazil in 1984, the disease is widesp …


Second International Crop Modelling Symposium (iCROPM2020)

February 15, 2019

The Second International Crop Modelling Symposium (iCROPM2020) will be held February 3-5, 2020 in Montpellier, France. Four years after the first International Crop Modelling Symposium in Berlin (iCRO …


Smallholder wheat production can cut Africa’s costly grain imports

February 8, 2019

International scientists are working with regional and national partners in sub-Saharan Africa to catalyze local wheat farming and help meet the rapidly rising regional demand for this crop. The speci …


BISA and PAU awarded for collaborative work on residue management

February 8, 2019

The Borlaug Institute for South Asia-Punjab Agricultural University (BISA-PAU) joint team recently received an award from the Indian Society for Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) in recognition of their w …


Ayudante de Laboratorio

January 25, 2019

El Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT) está buscando un profesionista dinámico, innovador, proactivo y con iniciativa para la posición de Ayudante de Laboratorio para trabaja …


City dwellers in Africa and Asia increasingly choose wheat, research shows

January 23, 2019

The developing world’s appetite for wheat is growing swiftly, driven in part by rising incomes, rapid urbanization and the expansion of families where both spouses work outside the house, according to …


University of Queensland student researches tan spot resistance in wheat at CIMMYT

January 21, 2019

In 2018, Tamaya Peressini, from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), a research institute of the University of Queensland (UQ), travelled to CIMMYT in Mexico as part of …


Visiting researcher from Malaysia studies growing importance of maize and wheat in the country

January 3, 2019

Visiting researcher Fazleen Abdul Fatah is studying the growing importance of maize and wheat in emerging economies. Fazleen Abdul Fatah credits a number of factors for her interest in agricultural re …


Experts identify policy gaps in fertilizer application in India

December 21, 2018

A dialogue in New Delhi facilitated discussion on innovations for promoting balanced application of macro and micro nutrient fertilizers in Indian agriculture.


7th International Cereal Nematodes Symposium

December 21, 2018

Background and objectives: The International Cereal Nematodes Symposium (ICNS) is an extension to the International Cereal Nematode Initiative (ICNI) that was established in 2006. It aims to create a …


Best of 2018: Editors’ picks

December 20, 2018

In 2018, our editors continued to cover exciting news and events related to maize and wheat science around the world. Altogether, we published more than 200 stories. It is impossible to capture all of …


The saving grace of a hefty investment

December 18, 2018

Bangladesh farmer Raju Sarder sits on his recently acquired reaper. (Photo: iDE/Md. Ikram Hossain) Young farmer’s investment in a reaper saves him time, money and dignity, while helping others in the …


Pakistan wheat seed makeover: More productive, resilient varieties for thousands of farmers

December 13, 2018

Munfiat, a farmer from Nowshera district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, is happy to sow and share seed of the high-yielding, disease resistant Faisalabad-08 wheat variety. (Photo: CIMMYT/Ansa …


New publications: Climate change impact and adaptation for wheat protein

December 11, 2018

Globally, wheat provides around 20 percent of the calories and protein in human diets. By mid-century, crop production must increase by 60 percent to meet global food demand and help reduce hunger, a …