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The future of wheat

CIMMYT鈥檚 experimental station in Obreg贸n is a mecca for wheat research and breeding, where scientists have access to state-of-the-art field facilities and an ideal location.

CIMMYT鈥檚 experimental station in Obreg贸n, a small city in Mexico鈥檚 state of Sonora, is considered a mecca for wheat research and breeding. In 1945, Norman Borlaug arrived as a geneticist for a special project between the Mexican government and the Rockefeller Foundation, to help local farmers with wheat production. After a few years, his strong bond with the community, students and interns was key to making a remarkable difference on wheat research that save millions from famine and won him the Nobel Peace Prize. A legacy that has lasted for many decades.

At Obreg贸n, scientists have access to state-of-the-art field facilities and an ideal location, in the northern Yaqui Valley. The station鈥檚 dry climate and favorable temperature in winter is suitable to assess yield potential, while its hot summers are ideal to study wheat鈥檚 tolerance to different stressors.

Here, scientists and field workers work hard all year round to ensure the future of wheat. Varieties grown in all continents have CIMMYT and Sonoran DNA.

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Jeanie Borlaug Laube. Jes煤s Larraguibel Artola, President of PIEAES (Patronato para la Investigaci贸n y Experimentaci贸n Agr铆cola del Estado de Sonora A.C.). Asociaci贸n de Organismos de Agricultores del Sur de Sonora A.C. (AOASS) Global Wheat Program, CIMMYT: Alison Bentley (Program Director), Karim Ammar, Rodrigo Rasc贸n, Carolina Rivera, Alberto Mendoza, Leonardo Crespo and Nele Verhulst.

CREDITS: Production: Alfonso Cort茅s, Marta Millere and Silvia Rico, CIMMYT. Additional drone shots: Courtesy of INIFAP and PIEAES. Post-production: Silvia Rico, CIMMYT

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