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Coffman receives the Yaqui Award from CIMMYT

CIUDAD OBREGÓN, MEXICO: Ronnie Coffman has received the Yaqui Award in honor of the major contributions he has made in enabling others to develop better wheat varieties. The international professor of plant breeding and genetics and director of International Programs in CALS was awarded the ...

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Linda McCandless · 18 Apr 2017


An Interview with Sarala Sharma: Wheat rust is a serious threat to Nepal food security

Wheat is one of the major food crops across the world, including Nepal. The fall in wheat production seriously affects the world’s food chain. In recent decades, wheat farmers, especially in the African region, have suffered from many different diseases, including wheat rust.

The 2017 ...

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Maina Dhital (English version) · 29 Mar 2017


2017 WIT Mentor Award Winner

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative presents Silvia Germán with the Jeanie Borlaug Laude Women in Triticum (WIT) Mentor Award. This honor, first awarded in 2011, recognizes mentors who have had a significant role advising and mentoring women working in triticum.

Silvia Germán, from Uruguay ...

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Tessa Schneider · 22 Mar 2017


2017 WIT Early Career Award Winners

Maricelis Acevedo presented the 2017 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Award to five promising women in the field of wheat science today at CIMMYT Visitor's Week in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. The Jeanie Borlaug Laube WIT Early Career Award provides professional development opportunities ...

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Tessa Schneider · 22 Mar 2017


Sixth SAARC Wheat Rust Monitoring and Disease Management Course Conducted in Nepal

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Scientists from South Asia gathered in Kathmandu to participate in comprehensive training on wheat rust monitoring and disease management. The 2017 SAARC (South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation) Wheat Rust Surveillance & Monitoring Workshop fostered regional ...

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Linda McCandless · 20 Mar 2017


Willem Boshoff to continue cereal rust research at University of the Free State, South Africa

In view of the retirement of Prof Zak Pretorius from UFS later this year, Dr Willem H.P. Boshoff assumed duties in the Department of Plant Sciences in January 2017. Willem will continue and expand research on rust diseases of field crops, teach undergraduate modules in Plant Pathology, and ...

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Samantha Hautea · 8 Mar 2017


Women in Triticum: Philomin Juliana

What is your current professional position, title, affiliation, responsibilities?

I am currently a post-doctorate fellow with Dr. Ravi Singh, at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), in Mexico, since February 1, 2017. One of the most exciting ...

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Tessa Schneider · 27 Feb 2017


International experts train scientists to fight deadly wheat disease in South Asia

DINAJPUR, BANGLADESH: Wheat blast, a devastating fungal disease that appeared in South Asia for the first time in 2016, was the focus of a surveillance workshop in Bangladesh where international experts trained 40 top wheat pathologists, breeders, and agronomists from Bangladesh, India and Nepal ...

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Samantha Hautea · 23 Feb 2017


DGGW inaugurates new seed systems initiative in Nepal

“I have been farming for the last 50 years. I have seen production dwindling slowly and steadily, erratic climatic conditions, bad seeds and lack of finance as key issues which have led to the fall of prosperity for farmers,” said Haribhakta Dhakal from the Chitwan region of Nepal, one of 200 ...

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Venkat Aditya · 22 Feb 2017


CIMMYT scientist cautions against new threats from wheat rust diseases

Scientists are concerned over the proliferation of highly virulent fungal wheat diseases, including two new races of yellow rust – one ...

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Julie Mollins · 8 Feb 2017


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