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Genetic resources

CIMMYT manages humankind’s most diverse maize and wheat collections. It starts with the seed. CIMMYT’s germplasm bank, also known as a seed bank, is at the center of CIMMYT’s crop-breeding research. This remarkable, living catalog of genetic diversity comprises of over 28,000 unique seed collections of maize and 150,000 of wheat.

CIMMYT is one of the largest public sector germplasm providers worldwide.
CIMMYT is one of the largest public sector germplasm providers worldwide.

From its breeding programs, CIMMYT sends half a million seed packages to 800 partners in 100 countries each year. With researchers and farmers, the center also develops and promotes more productive and precise maize and wheat farming methods and tools that save money and resources such as soil, water, and fertilizer.

Related research, conservation, and utilization are supported by three units: Seed Health, Biometrics & Statistics, and Data Management. Finally, the Seeds of Discovery (SeeD) project analyzes and documents maize and wheat biodiversity and facilitates its use in crop breeding to address current and future production challenges (more info).

Harnessing genetic resources for the nutrition and well-being of current and future generations.
Harnessing genetic resources for the nutrition and well-being of current and future generations.

CIMMYT’s germplasm research aims to:

  • Conserve, characterize, distribute and use genetic resources.
  • Safely distribute seed.
  • Promote scientific stewardship and ensure open-access to CIMMYT’s data and derived information.
  • Create quality, open-source software.
  • Develop and validate new tools and methods for gene mining and crop improvement.
  • Build capacity in all the above areas.

Contact

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Kevin Pixley

Genetic Resources Program Director

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Rodelita Panergalin

Program Manager

Team members

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Gregorio Alvarado Beltrán

Statistician/Biometrician for applied agricultural research

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Roi Ben-David

Visiting Scientist

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Claudio César Ayala Hernández

Data Management Coordinator

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Juan Burgueño

Biometrics and Statistics Unit Head

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Denise E. Costich

Maize Germplasm Bank Head

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Jose Crossa

Distinguished Scientist

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Maria Elena Campos Saucedo

Project Administrator

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Kanwarpal S. Dhugga

Principal Scientist

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Kate Dreher

Germplasm Curator

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Rogelio Ulises Gaona Ramirez

Greenhouse Coordinator

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Sarah Hearne

Principal Scientist

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Terence Molnar

Maize Breeder

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Thomas Payne

Head, Wheat Germplasm Collections & International Wheat Improvement Network

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Carolina Paola Sansaloni

High-throughput genotyping and sequencing specialist

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Fernando Henrique Ribeiro Barrozo Toledo

Associate Scientist - Agricultural Statistics/Biometrics

Food security
Features

Scientists track down the families in Morelos, Mexico, who donated maize landraces to CIMMYT in 1966-67. Would they still be cultivating them?

Food security
In the media

Source: Chicago Tribune (22 Apr 2019)

Three million subsistence farmers producing heirloom corn in Mexico are protecting biodiversity.

Food security
News

China’s vice minister of agriculture and rural affairs, Qu Dongyu, visited the global headquarters of CIMMYT.

Innovation and technology
In the media

Source: BBC News (1 Mar 2019)

CIMMYT’s head of wheat research Ravi Singh commented on the publication of the wheat gene map.