Leonardo Crespo Herrera is a bread wheat improvement scientist with CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program, based in Mexico.
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Hot, dry climates call for resilient, high-performing wheat varieties
New breeding science can fortify wheat against the onslaught of hotter weather, increasing droughts, and evolving and spreading pests and diseases.
Young CIMMYT scientist receives 2022 Japan Award for global research to combat wheat aphids
Elite wheat lines from the work are being freely shared with partners worldwide.
The future of wheat
CIMMYT’s experimental station in Obregón is a mecca for wheat research and breeding, where scientists have access to state-of-the-art field facilities and an ideal location.
The race against time to breed a wheat to survive the climate crisis
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.
CIMMYT scientists identify novel genomic regions associated with spot blotch resistance
Researchers use genome-wide association mapping approach to identify new regions with resistance to the disease.
Plant breeding innovations
Over millennia, natural selection and humans have systematically adapted the plant species that provide food and other vital products, changing their physical and genetic makeup for enhanced productivity, nutrition and resilience. Plant breeders apply science to continue improving crop varieties, making them more productive and better adapted to climate extremes, insects, drought and diseases.
Scientists bridge theory and practice to boost climate resilience in wheat
Review proposes ways to accelerate climate resilience of staple crops, by integrating proven breeding methods with cutting-edge technologies.
Multi-trait genomic-enabled prediction enhances accuracy in multi-year wheat breeding trials
Researchers found that prediction performance was highest using a multi-trait model.
Matching seed to farmer
New research establishes three new definitions for targeting wheat varieties in India and validates effectiveness of testing in Obregon, Mexico.