Genetic resources

Food security
Videos

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.

Innovation and technology
Videos

Developing genomic profiles of DNA samples can accelerate the breeding process.

Food security
Features

In an environment designed for experimental study and regeneration, maize ancestors can thrive.

Food security
In the media

Source: Maclean's (6 Mar 2020)

Preserving ancient maize landraces in Mexico is key for biodiversity, food security and future sustainability.

Associate Scientist - Applied Biotechnology Laboratory
Food security
Videos

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.

Assistant Research Associate
Innovation and technology
Innovation and technology
News

Piloting the system in will begin in 2020, with more advanced functions to follow in the next three years.

Food security
In the media

Source: Excelsior (26 Jan 2020)

CIMMYT germplasm bank samples are the basis for development of new maize seeds used in the MasAgro Program.

Innovation and technology
Features

Researchers share their work translating the latest molecular research into breeding solutions for better maize and wheat varieties.

Food security
In the media

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.

Program Director, CIMMYT Enterprise Breeding System
Innovation and technology
Publications

Researchers demonstrate that CIMMYT’s durum wheat lines can be grown, bred, and selected under zero tillage or conventional tillage conditions without negatively affecting yield.

Food security
Features

Amos Alakonya talks pests, procedure, and why everyone should be concerned about seed health.