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Martin Kropff, new CIMMYT Director General, embraces science for impact

June 3, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – Martin Kropff, who takes the helm as director general at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) this week, considers science th …


CIMMYT Remembers Vital Legacy of Gender Specialist Paula Kantor

May 14, 2015

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – CIMMYT is sad to announce the tragic death of our friend and respected colleague, gender and development specialist Paula Kantor. Paula died on May 13, in the aftermath of …


Maize lethal necrosis: a serious threat to food security in eastern Africa and beyond

May 7, 2015

Participants are shown how to inspect maize fields for MLN symptoms and how to collect samples for laboratory analysis. Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) has rapidly emerged as one of the deadliest maize di …


Innovation key to wheat yield potential advances, says in-coming CIMMYT DG

April 13, 2015

Martin Kropff, incoming CIMMYT director general, joined the global wheat community at the CIMMYT research station in Ciudad Obregon in Mexico for annual Visitors’ Week.


Safeguarding seeds against agricultural risks

January 13, 2015

Jill Cairns Photo credit: FarmD A webinar on Strengthening and Enhancing Seed Systems to Better Manage Agricultural Risk, was presented by Dr Jill Cairns (pictured), Crop Physiologist at the Internati …


Ethiopia’s seed co-ops benefit entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers

November 20, 2014

Government-subsidized farmer-run cooperatives produce high-yielding, disease-resistant wheat seed, accelerating distribution and helping smallholder farmers grow healthy crops.


Genetic Resources and Bioinformatics

August 20, 2014

Genetic resources and bioinformatics are the responsibility of the Genetic Resources Program (GRP). It contributes to CIMMYT’s overall mission of increasing crop productivity to improve food security …


CIMMYT seed heads to the frozen north

February 11, 2014

By Miriam Shindler/CIMMYT CIMMYT’s Wellhausen-Anderson Gene Bank sent its fifth shipment of seed to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway last week for safeguarding. Thirty-four boxes containing ab …


Pollen traps monitor for transgenes in CIMMYT germplasm

September 11, 2013

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Two sets of filters made of polypropylene fibers in the upper part of the trap passively collect airborne pollen. The ten tall pollen traps that recently sprouted in the fields a …


CIMMYT releases 22 new maize inbred lines for the tropics and subtropics

September 5, 2013

CIMMYT is pleased to announce the release of 22 new CIMMYT maize lines (CMLs). The CMLs were developed at various breeding locations of CIMMYT Global Maize Program by multi-disciplinary teams of scien …


Seed Health Lab aces its annual audit

June 27, 2013

Since obtaining official accreditation in 2007, CIMMYT’s Seed Health Lab (SHL) must undergo a yearly audit to detect any deviation ISO/ IEC 17025 (General requirements for the competence of testing an …


Tropicalized maize haploid inducers for doubled haploid-based breeding

December 28, 2012

The doubled haploid (DH) technology enables rapid development of completely homozygous maize lines and offers significant opportunities for fast-track development and release of elite cultivars. Besid …


Congratulations to Germplasm Bank!

December 19, 2012

The CIMMYT Maize and Wheat Germplasm Bank achieved ISO9001:2008 certification this week, after nearly two years of data gathering, intensive analysis, and assessment of processes and best practices. T …


CIMMYT “Open Door”: Valuable knowledge resource

October 2, 2012

On 21 September 2012, CIMMYT-El Batán opened its doors to 280 students, accompanied by their professors, from 14 Mexican universities for the 6th “Open Door” event. This year, students visited the whe …


Maize farmers and seed businesses changing with the times in Malawi

May 15, 2012

In Malawi, farmers who have in the past few years witnessed crop failure due to poor rains are switching to two new drought tolerant maize varieties, and seed companies are changing their business mod …


Genes explain the amazing global spread of maize

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 4 no. 5, May 2007 No need to dig for ancient seeds to discover how and when maize moved from its ancestral home in Mesoamerica to become one of the world’s most widely-sown and popu …


Drilling down into diversity: DNA fingerprinting for crop plants

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 4 no. 4, April 2007 The promise of using DNA tools to characterize heterogeneous populations of tropical crops is finally being realized, with help from CIMMYT and partners. “In the …


Conservation by the numbers: Reducing genetic drift in crop gene bank collections

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 3 no. 1, January 2006 CIMMYT’s biometrics team receives special recognition for advancing the science behind crop genetic resource conservation. The nightmare of a gene bank curator …


The journey of a seed

August 1, 2008

Seed is the lifeblood of CIMMYT research and partnerships. Behind the scenes at CIMMYT, many thousands of seeds are on the move. Constantly arriving and departing as seed is shared with partners, they …


Mini-course on the analysis of maize diversity

February 8, 2008

As part of on-going efforts to facilitate the use of DNA markers in maize breeding and diversity studies, during 01-06 February 2008 CIMMYT El Batán held a workshop on “The analysis of molecular data …