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Indian Researchers Receive 2018 Gene Stewardship Award

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), in New Delhi, India, and associated institutions were granted the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) Gene Stewardship Award at the 2018 BGRI Technical Workshop in Marrakech, Morocco, on April 14, 2018. The award was in recognition of ...

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Linda McCandless · 19 Sep 2018


MARPLE Diagnostics: A Pioneering Step in Ethiopian Wheat Rust Management

A new revolutionary mobile lab set-up created by the Diane Saunders lab of the John Innes Centre is being trialed currently at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) in Holeta, Ethiopia in collaboration with CIMMYT.

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ACACIA · 5 Sep 2018


The Fully Annotated Wheat Genome!

It is an exciting day for the wheat community! The release of the fully annotated wheat genome provides a great opportunity for wheat scientists to accelerate the identification of candidate genes, fully characterize their “ ...

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Maricelis Acevedo · 17 Aug 2018


Community-based Seed System Initiative thrives in Nepal

Subhash Adhikari is one of 70 smallholder wheat farmers in the Chitwan district of Nepal benefitting from the Seed System Initiative, implemented by Cornell’s Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project in ...

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Mansi Naithani · 24 Jul 2018


Towards demand-led gender-responsive breeding in wheat: Insights from the BGRI Technical Workshop

At the 2018 BGRI Workshop focus was placed on gender-responsive breeding, Read more from GREAT

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Bernice Waweru · 11 Jul 2018


Inauguration of the Regional Cereal Rust Research Center in Turkey

In a trip to Turkey on May 29-30, 2018, Ronnie Coffman, vice-chair of the BGRI, and Maricelis Acevedo, associate director of science for the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project, participated in the inauguration of the Regional Cereal Rust Research Center (RCRRC) in Izmir at the ...

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Linda McCandless · 10 Jul 2018


BGRI 2018 Recap, Part 2: Harnessing new technologies and tools for genetic gain in wheat

In another first for the BGRI Technical Workshop, the sessions moved beyond rust to think in a broader sense about the BGRI’s mandate to deliver genetic gains in wheat, and how we need to consider physiology and abiotic stresses in order to do this.

Several presenters highlighted the ...

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Samantha Hautea and Emma Quilligan · 25 May 2018


BGRI 2018 Recap, Part 1: Innovation and international collaboration is key to fighting wheat disease

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) has achieved much in the last decade through its mission to reduce the world’s vulnerability to stem, yellow, and leaf rusts of wheat. It has brought people together in meetings like this, facilitated sustainable international partnerships to contain the ...

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Samantha Hautea and Emma Quilligan · 23 May 2018


2018 Women in Triticum Award Winners

The BGRI is proud to again honor an outstanding group of women scientists with the 2018 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Award for early career and for mentoring. The winners received their award at the 2018 BGRI Technical Workshop in Marrakech, Morocco. These well deserving scientists ...

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Tessa Schneider · 25 Apr 2018


Francisco Barro, developer of gluten-free wheat, to deliver keynote address at BGRI Technical Workshop

A few years ago, the idea of gluten-free wheat was more theoretical than real. But last year, Francisco Barro, a plant scientist at the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in Spain, made headlines with a gene editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9 that significantly reduced the amount of ...

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Samantha Hautea · 29 Mar 2018


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