CIMMYT’s work may begin with seeds, but our innovations support farmers at all stages of the value chain.
The use of corn husk as veneer has helped a town to preserve maize biodiversity, protect the environment and reduce migration.
Source: The Manila Times (26 May 2020)
Mexican designer Fernando Laposse partnered with CIMMYT and works with a village of Mixtec farmers to transform unused maize husks into furniture.
Maize and wheat seeds from all over the world are preserved at the CIMMYT genebank, used to bring new varieties to farmers, and backed up at the Global Seed Vault.
Developing genomic profiles of DNA samples can accelerate the breeding process.
In an environment designed for experimental study and regeneration, maize ancestors can thrive.
Source: Maclean's (6 Mar 2020)
Preserving ancient maize landraces in Mexico is key for biodiversity, food security and future sustainability.
Half a century earlier, scientists collected and preserved samples of maize landraces in Morelos, Mexico. Now, descendants of those farmers were able to get back their ancestral maize seeds and, with them, a piece of their family history.
Piloting the system in will begin in 2020, with more advanced functions to follow in the next three years.
Source: Excelsior (26 Jan 2020)
CIMMYT germplasm bank samples are the basis for development of new maize seeds used in the MasAgro Program.
CIMMYT scientists join fellow experts in San Diego for world’s largest plant and animal genomics conference
Researchers share their work translating the latest molecular research into breeding solutions for better maize and wheat varieties.
Source: Vice (21 Jan 2020)
Seed banks, like the one at CIMMYT’s headquarters in Mexico, are part of planning for the future of food.
Amos Alakonya talks pests, procedure, and why everyone should be concerned about seed health.
Source: Nexus Media (12 Dec 2019)
The CIMMYT germplasm bank preserves the seeds of maize varieties from all over the world, including landraces very valuable to farmers.
Wheat blast is one of the most fearsome and intractable wheat diseases in recent decades. It spreads through infected seeds, crop residues as well as by spores that can travel long distances in the air, posing a major threat to wheat production in tropical areas.