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Assessing the effectiveness of a “wheat holiday” for preventing blast by examining alternative crops in the lower Gangetic plains

February 22, 2019

Policy to encourage alternative crops for wheat farmers in South Asia a short-term solution at best, say CIMMYT researchers


New infographics illustrate impact of wheat blast

February 18, 2019

Wheat blast is a fast-acting and devastating fungal disease that threatens food safety and security in the Americas and South Asia. First officially identified in Brazil in 1984, the disease is widesp …


City dwellers in Africa and Asia increasingly choose wheat, research shows

January 23, 2019

The developing world’s appetite for wheat is growing swiftly, driven in part by rising incomes, rapid urbanization and the expansion of families where both spouses work outside the house, according to …


University of Queensland student researches tan spot resistance in wheat at CIMMYT

January 21, 2019

In 2018, Tamaya Peressini, from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), a research institute of the University of Queensland (UQ), travelled to CIMMYT in Mexico as part of …


7th International Cereal Nematodes Symposium

December 21, 2018

Background and objectives: The International Cereal Nematodes Symposium (ICNS) is an extension to the International Cereal Nematode Initiative (ICNI) that was established in 2006. It aims to create a …


The saving grace of a hefty investment

December 18, 2018

Bangladesh farmer Raju Sarder sits on his recently acquired reaper. (Photo: iDE/Md. Ikram Hossain) Young farmer’s investment in a reaper saves him time, money and dignity, while helping others in the …


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 …


New publications: Climate change impact and adaptation for wheat protein

December 11, 2018

Globally, wheat provides around 20 percent of the calories and protein in human diets. By mid-century, crop production must increase by 60 percent to meet global food demand and help reduce hunger, a …


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 …


Breaking Ground: Huihui Li links new genetic knowledge with crop breeding

November 28, 2018

DNA is often referred to as the blueprint for life. It contains codes to make the proteins, molecules and cells essential for an organism’s growth and development. Over the last decade, scientists hav …


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 …


Fighting hidden hunger from the ground up: the powerful link between soils and nutritious food

October 15, 2018

Conserving organic matter in soils improves vital nutrients in wheat, according to new study in Ethiopia. On World Food Day, CIMMYT Systems Agronomist Frédéric Baudron highlights the role of healthy s …


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 …


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 …