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BGRI launches virtual global wheat conference

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative’s (BGRI) virtual technical workshop will bring together scientists at the forefront of wheat science for cutting-edge training and knowledge sharing. Experts from global institutions such as Cornell University, CIMMYT, ICARDA, and the John Innes Centre, with presenters from Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Australia, Finland, Mexico, the United Kingdom and United States, will lead in-depth talks and discussions on the most pressing challenges facing global wheat security.

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Matt Hayes · 25 Aug 2020

The threat posed by stem rust to wheat production in Morocco is imminent

Wheat undergoes biotic constraints all over the world. The impact of each constraint on grain yield depends on the agro-ecological area. In Morocco, for instance, wheat rusts, notably yellow rust, are among the most damaging of all diseases. Yellow rust, which used to occur on a limited basis in wheat growing areas in Morocco, has become the most common disease in almost all wheat growing areas and induces substantial yield losses. Almost all commercial bread wheat cultivars are becoming susceptible to yellow rust because of the emergence of new virulent races that are leading to the breakdown of resistance. A national rust survey was conducted in major growing areas in Morocco in 2020 to assess the incidence and severity of wheat rust diseases.

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Abdelhamid Ramdani, Kumarse Nazari and Dave Hodson · 3 Aug 2020

Harnessing the potential of state-of-the-art genomic technologies for accelerating the rate of genetic gain in wheat

Genomic breeding technologies offer exciting opportunities for wheat improvement amidst escalating challenges like changing climates, unpredictable temperatures, reduced precipitation and biotic stresses.

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Philomin Juliana · 1 Jul 2020

BGRI-led coalition protects world’s wheat crop

When a novel strain of a wheat pathogen first emerged in East Africa in 1998, Norman Borlaug knew the world faced a dire threat to food security.

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Matt Hayes · 30 Jun 2020

Hunger fighters “Take It to the Farmer” in June 25 virtual event from the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative

Wheat researchers and farmers have made significant progress over the past 12 years delivering on the promise of greater food security and nutrition globally. But there is still much work to be done.

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Matt Hayes · 17 Jun 2020

Stripe rust hits wheat crop in Nepal

Nepalese and CIMMYT wheat scientists, working at the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) suspect new races of stripe and leaf rust infected the wheat crop in the Nepal hills and terai in the recent 2020 wheat season.

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Dhruba Bahadur Thapa · 27 May 2020

Borlaug Global Rust Initiative celebrates women leadership in fight to end hunger

As the world changes rapidly, new leaders are emerging to tackle the biggest challenges in food and agriculture.

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Matt Hayes · 21 May 2020

Women scientists point way towards bright future

Former WIT awardees discussed the future of wheat research as part of a panel during “Changing Face of Leadership and Research in Wheat" event on May 21.

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Matt Hayes · 21 May 2020

2020 Women in Triticum Award Celebration - May 21!

The BGRI is launching its 2020 series of Virtual Workshops with a 2020 Women in Triticum Award Celebration called “The Changing Face of Leadership and Research in Wheat,” in an interactive webinar, on Thursday, May 21 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. EDT (14:00-15:00 pm UTC).

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Linda McCandless · 5 May 2020

BGRI announces 2020 Women in Triticum Awardees

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) and the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project are excited to announce the 2020 cohort of Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) awardees. Winners will be celebrated at a special virtual event May 21

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Linda McCandless · 29 Apr 2020