Breaking Ground

Surveillance training to control wheat blast in Bangladesh

Bleached spikes infected with wheat blast hold shriveled grain, if any. Photo: E. Duveiller/CIMMYT

40 wheat pathologists, breeders and agronomists gathered to combat wheat blast at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) at Gazipur, Bangladesh.

Ugandan farmer boosts profits from improved maize

Olum looks at the WE2115 variety that has transformed his microfinance business. B.Wawa/CIMMYT

Sam Olum started commercial maize farming three years ago in Lira District, situated approximately 340 km north of Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

CIMMYT scientist takes lead role in American Agronomy Society’s sustainable intensification community


Timothy Krupnik, systems agronomist at CIMMYT, has assumed leadership of the recently formed Sustainable Intensification community of the American Society for Agronomy’s (ASA) Environmental Quality section.

Klein Karoo’s business knowledge winning in Mozambique

Julius Mapanga operations manager for Klein Karoo in Mozambique inspects maize at the farm in Manica. Photo: K. Kaimenyi/CIMMYT

Despite struggles to reclaim its former glory, several agricultural multinationals are setting up shop in Mozambique, and reaping great benefits.

Entrenched gender roles threaten women’s longevity in research careers

Denise Costich, senior scientist and head of CIMMYT’s maize germplasm bank, conducting field work in Spain with daughter Mara, 1986 (left). On the right, Costich holds maize cobs grown by a farmer on the Nevado de Toluca volcano in Mexico. Photos courtesy of Denise Costich and Jennifer Johnson/CIMMYT.

Despite over a decade of implementing policies and programs to promote gender equity in research, some countries have seen women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers stagnate and even decrease in some fields.

New Publications: Stress tolerant maize in eastern and southern bring on-farm gains

A handful of drought tolerant maize seed. Photo:  A. Wangalachi/CIMMYT

A handful of drought tolerant maize seed. Photo: A. Wangalachi/CIMMYT MEXICO CITY (CIMMYT) — Maize is a major food crop in sub-Saharan, yet yields remain low under smallholder farmer conditions compared to other regions due to drought, low soil qualit …

A ton of seed shipped to the doomsday vault at Svalbard


More than two-thirds of CIMMYT seed collections are now backed-up in the vault on an island in the icy Barents Sea, north of mainland Norway.

CIMMYT scientist cautions against new threats from wheat rust diseases

Dave Hodson, senior scientist with CIMMYT, trains South Asian wheat scientists on the use of handheld surveillance and monitoring devices. Hodson directs the global wheat rust monitoring system for the new Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project. CREDIT: McCandless/Cornell

Scientists are concerned over the proliferation of highly virulent fungal wheat diseases, including two new races of yellow rust and a new race of stem rust.

Breaking Ground: Caixia Lan on identifying building blocks for rust resistant wheat

CIMMYT scientist Caixia Lan. Photo: Courtesy of Caixia Lan

Support for research into breeding crops resistant to wheat rust is essential to manage the spread of the deadly disease, which has caused billions of dollars of yield losses globally in recent years, said wheat rust expert Caixia Lan.

Study reveals diversity “blueprint” to help maize crops adapt to changing climates

Scientists have unlocked evolutionary secrets of landraces through an unprecedented study of allelic diversity, revealing more about the genetic basis of flowering time and how maize adapts to variable environments.