International Wheat Improvement Network (IWIN)
The International Wheat Improvement Network (IWIN), which involves hundreds of partners and testing sites worldwide, is coordinated by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). The IWIN has underpinned increases in wheat productivity in the developing world ever since the Green Revolution, and currently develops and disseminates approximately 1,000 new wheat lines each year, with well documented up-to-date genetic gains . In addition, IWIN germplasm is sought after by public and private entities in the developed world, where its impacts are also well documented.
Source: The Guardian (12 Jun 2022)
CIMMYT scientists are using the biodiversity of forgotten wheat varieties from across the world to find those with heat- and drought-tolerant traits.
Increasingly unpredictable weather poses challenges for breeding widely-adapted wheat lines, but stress tolerance breeding is boosting wheat’s hardiness under rising temperatures.
Review proposes ways to accelerate climate resilience of staple crops, by integrating proven breeding methods with cutting-edge technologies.
CIMMYT researchers and partners are applying genomics, remote sensing and big data analysis to fortify the crop against climate-related stresses.
Bottlenecks between basic and applied plant science jeopardize life-saving crop improvements.
Source: Financial Times (7 Nov 2017)
Research into future-proof crops is needed to combat hunger, conflict and migration.
CIMMYT wheat physiologist Matthew Reynolds presents a new proposal for expanding the wheat network to include other major food crops and speed farmers’ adoption of vital technologies.
For hundreds of international agricultural development experts, an annual gathering in northern Mexico provides a vital platform for sharing and debating the latest wheat breeding news and research.