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2017 Advanced Wheat Improvement Course

2017 Advanced Wheat Improvement Course

Wheat trainees study seedling rust symptoms. Photo: X. Fonseca/CIMMYT.

Wheat trainees study seedling rust symptoms. Photo: X. Fonseca/CIMMYT.

The Advanced Wheat Improvement training course targets mid-career scientists who seek to learn about new techniques in wheat breeding to adapt to their own programs, improve awareness of support disciplines (pathology, physiology, quality, statistics, biotechnology, GIS, and social sciences) and gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program (GWP).


The Advanced Wheat Improvement training program is a unique professional development opportunity for mid-career scientists who work in the public, private or non-governmental sectors. Scientists working in National Agricultural Research System (NARS) organizations – particularly in the area of wheat breeding – may find this program useful.  Participants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • English proficiency to allow for full participation in the course program and discussions.
  • PhD or MSc with experience in field breeding or pathology.
  • Active involvement in research in the area of wheat research (pathology, breeding, biotechnology).
  • Good health, as the course includes hands-on field and laboratory activities.
  • Willing and able to work in cross-cultural and diverse gender environments.

 Costs and logistics

The course fee* includes accommodation, living allowance (US $30/day), local travel, training materials, study tours, major expense medical insurance and a Mexican visa. The fee does NOT include international airfare, travel incidentals and the deductible for medical insurance (US $350).

The training cost for each module/modules is to be provided by participants (sponsorship/self-support). Invitation letter will be sent upon confirmation of payment.

Module Cost Period
Module 1 (Pathology $2,250.00 August 1-15, 2017
Module 2  (Wheat breeding) $2,900.00 August 16-September 8, 2017
Module 3  (Biotechnology): $2,600.00 September 11-29, 2017
Cost for participation in more than one Module
Module 1+2 $3,950.00 August 1-September 8, 2017
Module 2+3 $4,300.00 August 16-September 29, 2017
Module 1+2+3 $5,350.00 August 1-September 29, 2017

 Training program structure

Based on individual requests, needs and clearly defined learning objectives, participants will select specific training modules amongst those offered in 2017. For each module we accommodate 7-15 participants.  More than 15 participants per module are only allowed to accommodate those participants who register for more than ONE module. 

  • Module I: Wheat Pathology (August 1-15, 2017)

This module will focus on wheat pathology, including:  (1) Epidemiological study of fungal pathogens; (2) Characterization of fungal pathogens (to exclude rusts, which will be covered in Module II); and (3) Screening for resistance to fusarium head blight and wheat blight diseases.

  • Module II: Wheat Breeding (August 16-September 8, 2017):

Participants will participate in breeding activities carried out by CIMMYT scientists in El Batan (CIMMYT’s headquarters) and the Toluca experimental station. This module emphasizes (1) Breeding bread wheat for increased yield potential, quality and durable disease resistance in irrigated & high and low/marginal production areas; (2) Durum wheat breeding for increased yield potential, quality and durable disease resistance; and (3) Pre-breeding activities.

  • Module III: Biotechnology/molecular breeding (September 11-29, 2017)

This module targets scientists involved in biotechnology research in their home institution and who are looking for further experience in molecular breeding. The module will cover:  (1)Overview of molecular breeding; (2) Application of molecular markers for gene identification and introgression; (3) Molecular markers,  genotyping systems, genetic maps, and mapping populations; (4) Molecular data analysis, dealing with different types of data, data storage, and management of data as valuable resources; and (5) Gene introgression using molecular markers and cytogenetics.

For more information:

Amor Yahyaoui (ah.yahyaoui@cgiar.org) or Jenny Nelson (J.nelson@cgiar.org)

Submit your application form here. 

Application deadline: June 30, 2017

CIMMYT – The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center – is the global leader in publicly-funded maize and wheat research and related farming systems. Headquartered near Mexico City, CIMMYT works with hundreds of partners throughout the developing world to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat cropping systems, thus improving global food security and reducing poverty. CIMMYT is a member of the CGIAR System Organization and leads the CGIAR Research Programs on Maize and Wheat. The Center receives support from national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies.

CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program strives for quality wheat improvement research through acquiring and sharing knowledge and information, identifying promising technologies, establishing standards of scientific excellence, building capacity and nourishing links with counterparts worldwide.


El Batan, Mexico

Start Date:

August 1, 2017

End Date:

September 29, 2017


June 30, 2017