maize breeding


Legacy websites and photo exhibition mark the closing of the CGIAR Research Programs on Maize and Wheat, and their impact on sustainable agricultural development.

In the media

Source: The Guardian Nigeria (10 Oct 2021)

Nigeria’s National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has approved the commercialization of TELA Maize seeds—a drought-tolerant and insect-protected variety aimed at enhancing food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the media

Source: Horti Daily (26 Aug 2021)

At CIMMYT’s experimental station in Toluca, Mexico, scientists use greenhouse technologies to develop improved varieties that boost production, prevent crop disease and improve smallholder farmers’ livelihood.

In the media

Source: HelloGiggles (9 Aug 2021)

A list of women leaders in STEM features Evangelina Villegas—a plant chemist at CIMMYT during its early days whose ground-breaking work on quality protein maize helped combat malnutrition among developing communities.

In the media

Source: La NaciĂłn (26 Jun 2021)

An article in La NaciĂłn praises the work of a number of research institutions, including CIMMYT, for their use of science and technology to develop hybrid maize lines adapted to the needs of farmers, markets and consumers.

In the media

Source: Seed World (14 May 2021)

CIMMYT has released a set of 12 new maize lines adapted to the tropical  environments targeted by CIMMYT and partner institutions.


CIMMYT researchers outline the potential opportunities and key challenges of doubled haploid line development in maize.

In the media

Source: All Africa (13 Jan 2022)

CIMMYT has developed new maize hybrid varieties showing promising resistance to the destructive fall armyworm pest, which has been causing huge crop losses ever since the pest was first reported in Africa in 2016.


Breakthrough comes after three years of intensive research and trials conducted in Kenya — and during the United Nations International Year of Plant Health — and represents a significant advance in the global fight against fall armyworm.

In the media

Source: MIT Technology Review (18 Dec 2020)

A new seed developed by CIMMYT is boosting maize production in sub-Saharan Africa, where yields are less than a third of what they are in the US—in large part because of drought.


The nine new maize lines are especially valuable for breeders seeking drought tolerance or tar spot complex disease resistance.