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Second International Crop Modelling Symposium (iCROPM2020)

February 15, 2019

The Second International Crop Modelling Symposium (iCROPM2020) will be held February 3-5, 2020 in Montpellier, France. Four years after the first International Crop Modelling Symposium in Berlin (iCRO …


Breaking Ground: Fernando H. Toledo researches new models of analysis under simulated scenarios

February 14, 2019

Genomics is a wide theme of interest for geneticists. As part of the efforts to advance on this subject, Fernando H. Toledo, associated scientist in agricultural statistics at the International Maize …


Breaking Ground: Breeder Marcela C. Andrade bolsters maize with hardiness from ancestral races

January 16, 2019

As the world heats up and water grows scarce, threatening the productivity of humankind’s preferred crops, breeder Marcela Carvalho Andrade and her colleagues at the International Maize and Wheat Impr …


Statistical Analysis of Genetic and Phenotypic Data for Breeders

December 20, 2018

Objectives Through lectures, practices and discussions, you will learn: Basic concepts about Generalized Linear Mixed Models. Use of computing tools for analysis of genetic experiments, analysis of mu …


Breaking Ground: Susanne Dreisigacker knows wheat inside out

November 14, 2018

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Through pure coincidence, Susanne Dreisigacker fell into the world of agricultural science and landed in Mexico. Her interest in genetics and biology solidified when she ar …


Breaking Ground: Terry Molnar uses native maize varieties to find novel traits for breeding

April 19, 2018

Terry Molnar is helping farmers face these challenges by using the natural diversity of plants to unlock desirable genetic traits inside food crops.


Smallholder farmers to gain from targeted CRISPR-Cas9 crop breeding

October 31, 2017

Gene editing technology could revolutionize the way scientists breed high-yielding drought, disease and pest resistant, high quality plant seeds, greatly reducing the time it currently takes to develo …


Wheat scientist receives Monsanto award for promising work on yield potential

October 26, 2017

A scientist whose work is projected to significantly increase wheat production for smallholder farmers around the world has won the 2017 Ted Crosbie MBBISP Impact Award presented by Monsanto.


How a seed bank in Mexico produces data to help alleviate poverty

October 16, 2017

Scientist Kevin Pixley leads a project to catalogue 178,000 corn and wheat seeds at the CIMMYT seed bank near Mexico City.


CIMMYT genetic resources and biodiversity expert Kevin Pixley at 2017 Borlaug Dialogue

October 13, 2017

WHAT: Kevin Pixley, director of the Genetic Resources Program and the Seeds of Discovery Project at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), will moderate a panel entitled “How C …


Second International Workshop of the CGIAR Germplasm Health Units

May 17, 2017

The Second International Workshop of the CGIAR Germplasm Health Units will take place from June 5-8, 2017 at CIMMYT Headquarters in Texcoco, Mexico.


New Publications: Common platform improves collaboration for research on genetic resources

May 4, 2017

A common platform through which data on genetic resources can be disseminated to both crop researchers and breeders can strengthen research communities.


Closing the circle: Kanwarpal Dhugga works at CIMMYT

March 29, 2017

Growing up on a small farm in India’s northwest Punjab state, Kanwarpal Dhugga was a young boy when the first Green Revolution wheat varieties arrived in his village.


Breaking Ground: Cesar Petroli on data-driven use of maize genetic diversity

February 15, 2017

Access to genetic data can revolutionize research partnerships and lead to major benefits for crop breeders aiming to help smallholder farmers boost yields, says geneticist Cesar Petroli.


A ton of seed shipped to the doomsday vault at Svalbard

February 8, 2017

More than two-thirds of CIMMYT seed collections are now backed-up in the vault on an island in the icy Barents Sea, north of mainland Norway.


Breaking Ground: Carolina Sansaloni explores and unlocks genetic potential from wheat genebanks

January 25, 2017

Carolina Sansaloni’s passion for genetics began when she was at university in Argentina, an interest that grew as she moved on to receive her master’s and doctoral degrees in molecular biology.


Breaking Ground: Scientist Deepmala Sehgal on the trail of novel wheat diversity

January 18, 2017

Molecular analysis research by Deepmala Sehgal has led to the discovery of novel genes for yield, disease resistance and climate resilience in previously little-used wheat genetic resources.


Breaking Ground: Jiafa Chen on improving maize and building partnerships

January 11, 2017

Jiafa Chen has helped identify new genetic resources that have been used in breeding new maize varieties that withstand environmental and biological stresses.


Harnessing medical technology and global partnerships to drive gains in food crop productivity

December 22, 2016

Global research networks must overcome nationalist and protectionist tendencies to provide technology advances the world urgently needs.


Agricultural biodiversity key to future crop improvement

November 25, 2016

Conserving and using agricultural biodiversity to create better crops can help meet several sustainable development goals and stave off further species extinctions.