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Mutating diseases drive wheat variety turnover in Ethiopia, new study shows

July 4, 2018

Yellow spores of the fungus Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici, which causes stripe rust disease in wheat. Photo: CIMMYT/Mike Listman. Rapidly emerging and evolving races of wheat stem rust and stripe …


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 …


Ethiopian farmers profit from scaled-up, fast-track production of disease resistant wheat seed

December 7, 2017

More than 75,000 small-scale wheat farmers in Ethiopia’s 4 major wheat-growing regions gain access to a vital asset—over 400 tons of seed of new, disease resistant wheat varieties. 


Global wheat breeding provides billions in benefits, CIMMYT study shows

April 5, 2016

Almost half the world’s wheat land is sown to varieties that come directly or indirectly from research by CGIAR scientists, according to a new report.


Global wheat breeding provides billions in benefits, CIMMYT study shows

April 5, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Almost half the world’s wheat land is sown to varieties that come directly or indirectly from research by a longstanding, global network of crop scien …


Ethiopia Wheat Rust Scaling

February 23, 2016

Wheat is a traditional crop cultivated by about five million households on 1.6 million hectares in Ethiopia. Despite the country’s huge potential, the average wheat productivity of 2.5 tonnes per hect …


Researchers race to rescue wheat sample in war-torn Syria

February 22, 2016

With Syria torn apart by civil war, a team of scientists in Mexico and Morocco are rushing to save a vital sample of wheat’s ancient and massive genetic diversity, sealed in seed collections of an int …


Study reveals challenges in southern Africa’s soil carbon uptake

November 23, 2015

Cheesman in a direct-seeded maize-soybean rotation in Chavakadzi village, Shamva District, Zimbabwe. Photo: Christian Thierfelder A new study led by ETH Zürich graduate Stephanie Cheesman, along with …


Global conference underscores complex socio-economic role of wheat

October 20, 2015

A recent gathering of more than 600 scientists highlighted the complexity of wheat as a crop and emphasized the key role wheat research plays in ensuring global food security.


5th International Cereal Nematode Initiative Workshop

October 13, 2015

Photo: Participants signing in at the registration desk. Photo: Deliang Peng The 5th International Cereal Nematode Initiative (ICNI) Workshop was held in Ankara, Turkey, on 12-16 September 2015. Durin …


Kingbird released in Ethiopia to combat new stem rust threat

October 5, 2015

Kingbird released in Ethiopia to combat new stem rust threat. Credit: Linda McCandless Farmers in Ethiopia are banking on Kingbird, the latest variety of wheat to be released by the Ethiopian Institut …


Bhutan releases its first winter wheat variety

September 21, 2015

In Bhutan, wheat is an important cereal for farmers at high altitudes, where its area of cultivation is considerable. However, in recent years, the winter wheat area has declined owing to numerous cir …


Statistical support for the Turkish wheat community

September 21, 2015

The soilborne pathogens (SBP) program at CIMMYT-Turkey, a Grain Research Development Corporation (GRDC) funded project, hosted two biometricians from the GRDC project Statistics for the Australian Gra …


Impacts of international wheat improvement research: 1994 – 2014

September 21, 2015

Improved wheat varieties developed using CGIAR breeding lines, either in cross-pollinations or as direct releases, cover more than 100 million hectares — nearly two-thirds of the area sown to improved …


Replacing gender myths and assumptions with knowledge

September 18, 2015

If we are to be truly successful in improving the lives of farmers and consumers in the developing world, we need to base our interventions on the best evidence available.


Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program

September 14, 2015

The Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program aims to enhance and protect the productivity of wheat in Pakistan by supporting research that leads to the identification, adoption, and optimal agronomic ma …


Sustainable Wheat and Maize Production in Afghanistan

September 14, 2015

This project aims to sustainably increase wheat and maize production in Afghanistan through the introduction of improved, drought-tolerant seed varieties that are adapted to the diverse agro-climatic …


Value of CGIAR wheat estimated at up to $3.8 billion a year, research shows

September 11, 2015

Wheat bred by the CGIAR consortium of agricultural researchers has a huge global reach.


Seed improvement to prevent rust disease key to boosting wheat productivity

August 3, 2015

A new project in Ethiopia aims to improve the livelihoods of wheat farmers by encouraging the development and multiplication of high-yielding, rust-resistant bread and durum wheat varieties.


Azerbaijan and Georgia showcase progress in wheat breeding during IWWIP Traveling Seminar

June 18, 2015

The International Winter Wheat Improvement Program (IWWIP) held its 2015 International Winter Wheat Traveling Seminar in Azerbaijan and Georgia on 24 May. More than 40 participants from 18 countries a …