During 20-27 October 2012, wheat quality expert and laboratory head Javier Peña visited the Dryland Agriculture Research Institute (DARI) in Maragheh, Iran. At DARI, he conducted a workshop on wheat grain quality, wheat end-use quality, breeding, crop management, and wheat processing industry. The workshop was attended by breeders and scientists from DARI. Peña also visited a milling factory 10 kilometers east of Maragheh, where he provided advice to the factory managers and indicated the required quality traits of wheat.
During the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) International in Florida, USA, the 2012 Texture Technologies Quality Research Best Presentation award was presented to authors of a collaborative article “Viscoelastic characterization of glutenins in wheat kernels measured by creep tests”. The article was written by authors from CINVESTAV and CIMMYT, Zorba Hernandez- Estrada, Juan Figueroa, Patricia Reyes-Duarte, and Javier Roberto Peña, and published in Journal of Engineering 113 (2012: 19-26).