Coffman speaks on agrobiodiversity in India
NEW DELHI, INDIA: Ronnie Coffman, vice-chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, was a keynote speaker at the 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress (IAC) held in New Delhi, India, November 6-9, 2016. Over 850 delegates from more than 40 countries were in attendance. ...
Linda McCandless · 30 Nov 2016
Taking the Scientists to the Rust
Saha Bir Rai doesn't see stem rust in his fields in Bhutan. “We have wheat varieties but we don’t understand levels or types of rust,” said the senior plant protection officer in the Division of Pest Surveillance at Bhutan’s National Plant Protection Center.
In early October, the Kenya ...
Cally Arthur · 27 Oct 2016
WIT Focus: Caixia Lan
Caixia Lan, from China, and currently working at CIMMYT, was a WIT winner in 2011. Since then, she has been focusing on identifying adult plant resistance (APR) gene to leaf rust, stripe rust, and stem rust in bread and durum wheats, and breeding durable rust resistant wheat cultivars.
Tessa Schneider · 26 Oct 2016
WIT Focus: Jemanesh Kifetew Haile
BACKGROUND: What is your current professional position, title, affiliation, responsibilities? How long have you been in this position?
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow, studying Wheat Breeding and Genetics at the Crop Development Center, Department of Plant Sciences ...
Tessa Schneider · 1 Sep 2016
WIT Profile: Esraa Alwan '10
Esraa Alwan, a native of Syria, won the Women in Triticum Early Career Award in 2010. She received her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from Aleppo University in Syria, during which she also completed an MSc in conjunction with ICARDA. The BGRI is launching a series of profiles ...
Tessa Schneider · 27 Jul 2016
Ron DePauw Donates WIT Award to FINCA
Ron DePauw has always been motivated by the power of agriculture to change people’s lives. During his distinguished career as a wheat breeder, he has produced over 200 scientific manuscripts, developed wheat cultivars, which have accounted for about 50 percent of ...
Tessa Schneider · 20 Jul 2016
Crop diversification: the ‘old’ weapon in the hands of Ethiopian farmers
Ethiopian farmers have been faced with continuous outbreaks of virulent stem rust and yellow rust epidemics over the past decades, causing considerable damage and thousands of tons of wheat grain losses. A curious reader might wonder what caused this depressing outcome: was it the unpredictable ...
F.M Bassi , T. Chiari , R.P.S. Verma , S. Kumar · 15 Jun 2016
A Woman for Wheat
"A ship is safe in the harbor but that’s not what ships are for” is Maricelis Acevedo’s favorite mantra. The newly appointed associate director for science for Cornell University’s Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project left her island home of Puerto Rico in 2003 to pursue a career as a ...
Linda McCandless · 3 May 2016
On Roman Robigalia Day, scientists size up battle against centuries-old wheat rust disease
Devastating fungal wheat rusts have perplexed farmers since ancient times. For the Romans, the agricultural festival Robigalia celebrated each year on April 25... ...
CIMMYT · 25 Apr 2016
Helping Nepalese farmers adapt to climate change
SINDHULPALCHOWK, NEPAL: Farming the terraced hillsides above the Indrawati River Valley of Nepal, Nabaraj Sapkota and his wife Muthu Dei experience the impacts of climate change on an almost daily basis. Erratic rains make planting difficult. Warm, misty conditions and prolonged winter ...
Linda McCandless · 20 Apr 2016