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Pakistan wheat seed makeover: More productive, resilient varieties for thousands of farmers

December 13, 2018

Munfiat, a farmer from Nowshera district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, is happy to sow and share seed of the high-yielding, disease resistant Faisalabad-08 wheat variety. (Photo: CIMMYT/Ansa …


CIMMYT scientists recognized for top-ranking research impact

December 6, 2018

Five scientists from the CIMMYT community have been recognized with the Highly Cited Researcher award for 2018 for the influence of their research among their scientific peers. The list, developed by …


A wheat self-sufficiency roadmap for Ethiopia’s future

December 5, 2018

Mechanization could boost Ethiopian wheat production and provide youth with new job opportunities. (Photo: Gerardo Mejía/CIMMYT) The Ethiopian government announced recently that the country should bec …


Matthew Reynolds joins the Mexican Academy of Sciences

November 16, 2018

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — Mexico’s most prestigious scientific association has welcomed Matthew Reynolds among its regular members after accepting the nomination presented by fellow member, Alfonso …


Ethiopian experts push for wheat self-sufficiency

November 16, 2018

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (CIMMYT) — Ethiopia’s leading agriculture and policy specialists will craft a new strategy to dramatically raise national wheat production and achieve self-sufficiency for the cr …


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 …


Inspiring millennials to focus on food security: The power of mentorship

November 12, 2018

As part of their education, students worldwide learn about the formidable challenges their generation faces, including food shortages, climate change, and degrading soil health. Mentors and educators …


CIMMYT trains early career scientists on wheat rust diagnosis and management

November 9, 2018

NJORO, Kenya (CIMMYT) — The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), in collaboration with Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and Cornell University, re …


Basic Wheat Improvement Course 2019

October 23, 2018

The Basic Wheat Improvement Course (BWIC) is a unique professional development opportunity for early career scientists in the public and private sectors. Major focus of the course will be practical as …


CIMMYT shows partners in Kenya new breakthroughs in maize and wheat research

October 10, 2018

NAIROBI (Kenya) — Members of the International Maize Improvement Consortium (IMIC) and other partners had a chance to go on a field visit to the Kiboko and Naivasha research stations in Kenya on Septe …


New publications: What drives capacity to innovate?

September 27, 2018

Involving diverse segments of a target population in agricultural innovation interventions allows for more inclusive and equitable processes while stimulating local innovation and development outcomes …


Researchers find “hotspot” regions in the wheat genome for high zinc content, new study shows

September 17, 2018

The reported work by wheat scientists paves the way for expanded use of wild grass species, such as Aegilops tauschii (also known as goat grass; pictured here) as sources of new genes for higher grain …


New publications: Germplasm bank accessions add value to elite wheat lines

September 13, 2018

For the first time ever, a research team of more than 40 scientists has genetically characterized values of exotics in hexaploid wheat. CIMMYT scientists, together with partners in Demark, India, Mexi …


CIMMYT collaborator wins Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application

September 4, 2018

Matthew Rouse, a researcher with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has been named the winner of the 2018 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research a …


Over 100,000 genes: CIMMYT scientist talks about the new wheat genome map

August 31, 2018

After 13 years of research, an international team of more than 200 scientists recently cracked the full genome of bread wheat. Considering that wheat has five times more DNA than humans, this is a sig …


A tribute to the late Abraham Blum, plant physiologist and CIMMYT partner

August 24, 2018

Abraham Blum, 1934-2018. (Photo: Courtesy of Arnon Blum) Long-time CIMMYT partner and plant physiologist Abraham Blum passed away on March 10, 2018, at the age of 84, after having dedicated his career …


Breaking Ground: Gemma Molero sheds light on wheat photosynthesis

July 18, 2018

Despite the rising interest in advanced methods to discover useful genes for breeding in crops like wheat, the role of crop physiology research is now more important than ever, according to Gemma Mole …


Mutating diseases drive wheat variety turnover in Ethiopia, new study shows

July 4, 2018

Yellow spores of the fungus Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici, which causes stripe rust disease in wheat. Photo: CIMMYT/Mike Listman. Rapidly emerging and evolving races of wheat stem rust and stripe …


Wheat-rye crosses provide control for deadly sap-sucking aphid

June 22, 2018

Martin Kropff, CIMMYT director general (left) and Mustapha El-Bouhssini, ICARDA entomologist, in that center’s lab at Rabat, Morocco. In an excellent example of scientific collaboration spanning borde …


New Publications: Tackling the wheat blast threat in South Asia

May 31, 2018

This blast-infected wheat spike contains no grain, only chaff. Photo: CIMMYT files. A spatial mapping and ex ante study regarding the risk and potential spread in South Asia of wheat blast, a mysterio …