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Cobs & Spikes podcast: Women in wheat science

Wheat physiologist Carolina Rivera shares what it is like to be a woman in agricultural science working on one of the world's biggest problems — how to feed a growing planet.

Demand for wheat is predicted to increase 70% by the year 2050. As demand for wheat is increasing, so are challenges to wheat production. New and more aggressive pests and diseases, diminishing water resources, limited available land, and unstable weather conditions due to climate change present risks for the crop.

Carolina Rivera is working to solve this problem. A wheat physiologist at CIMMYT and data coordinator with the International Wheat Yield Partnership, she works to identify new traits in wheat aiming to boost grain number and yield. Rivera is also one of the recipients of the 2019 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Early Career Award.

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If you have a story idea for the podcast, send us an email: cimmyt-social-media@cgiar.org