World Food Day 2021: The future of food is in our hands
Sustainable agri-food systems lead to better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all.
Aussie drives global research that underpins Australian wheat industry
Source: Grain Central (13 Oct 2021)
Alison Bentley spoke with Grain Central about CIMMYT’s breeding strategy and the use of CIMMYT germplasm in the Australian wheat-growing industry.
Scientists bridge theory and practice to boost climate resilience in wheat
Review proposes ways to accelerate climate resilience of staple crops, by integrating proven breeding methods with cutting-edge technologies.
FG authorizes deregulation of TELA maize in Nigeria
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.
Celebrating 10 years of the Borlaug Institute for South Asia
BISA staff and partners gathered across India and online to mark a decade of excellence in science and partnerships, and to set ambitious goals for the coming years.
Climate-smart strategy for weed management proves to be extremely effective
Results of an 8-year study show that weed density and diversity are greatly reduced when zero-tillage, drip-irrigation, and new crops are introduced to rice-wheat systems.
Building resilient and sustainable irrigation for food security in Nepal
A new initiative will monitor groundwater and will provide a framework for sustainable irrigation practices.
Nitrogen-efficient wheats provide more food with fewer greenhouse gas emissions
Source: Phys.org (3 Sep 2021)
An international collaboration has discovered a biological nitrification inhibition trait that, when transferred to growing wheat varieties, can reduce the use of fertilizers and boost yields.
Nitrogen-efficient wheats can provide more food with fewer greenhouse gas emissions, new study shows
Scientists used a wild grass trait that inhibits soil microbes from producing environmentally-harmful nitrogen compounds. Widespread use of the new technology could lower global use of fertilizers for wheat crops.
How scientists are preparing wheat for climate change
Source: Mashable (13 Aug 2021)
Matthew Reynolds talked to Mashable about the importance of developing drought-resistant crops through breeding programs to protect future wheat supplies.
Seed giants must collaborate or be dwarfed by threat of climate change
New funding models, such as public-private partnerships, can collectively address knowledge gaps to avoid potential catastrophes for society at large.
Maize and wheat science to sustainably feed the world
New CIMMYT brochure highlights value of maize and wheat science to battle rising undernourishment.
Protecting plants will protect people and the planet
Understanding the relationship between climate change and plant health is key to conserving biodiversity and boosting food production today and for future generations.
Annual Report 2020 launched
Working towards resilience, renewal and transition in our agri-food systems.
Seeding happy, cleaning air: Farmers adopting non-burn tech give hope
Source: Down To Earth (1 Jul 2021)
The Happy Seeder—a machine that cuts and lifts the paddy straw while simultaneously sowing the wheat crop—is not just the least polluting, but also the most scalable solution that can be adopted by farmers ‘en masse’.