BGRI Scientist Profile: Shitaye Homma Megerssa
In 2018, the BGRI will be publishing a series of Q&A’s with scientists in the DGGW project. In honor of the UN Women in Science Day on February 11, this month we profile Shitaye Homma Megerssa, a Ph.D. Candidate from Ethiopia who is working in Mark Sorrells' laboratory at Cornell University ...
Tessa Schneider · 9 Feb 2018
Breakthrough in the battle against Ug99
A significant breakthrough in combatting wheat stem rust disease caused by the fungus Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici was recently achieved through the combined work of an international collaborative team, showing the power of cooperative research approaches.
The emergence of ...
Melania Figueroa and Peter Dodds · 25 Jan 2018
New international Borlaug center opens in India
When Jeanie Borlaug unveiled the statue of her father, Nobel laureate Norman E. Borlaug, she couldn’t help but give him a squeeze.
“My father would be immensely proud to have his name associated with such a visionary and impactful endeavor as the Dr. Norman Borlaug International Centre ...
Linda McCandless · 23 Jan 2018
Surveillance training keeps rust at bay in India and South Asia
INDORE & LUDHIANA, INDIA: Wheat rust is a severe disease in South Asia that affects productivity, causing 10 to 15 percent in yield losses. By tracking the movement, incidence and severity of rust, surveillance has become an important tool in mitigating its effects.
Since 2011, wheat ...
Richa Kapur & Aishwariya Vardhan K. · 16 Jan 2018
Small Seeds, Big Impact: The wheat season in Nepal kicked off with certified seed production training
BHAIRAHAWA, NEPAL: Farmers in Chitwan, the densely cultivated wheat-producing belt of Nepal, are gearing up for the 2017-18 wheat sowing season with the help of the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) Innovative Seed Systems program. Winter in Nepal is the time when public and private seed ...
Mansi Naithani · 14 Dec 2017
Building a Collaborative Community of Wheat Researchers in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA: High-level officials from CIMMYT, Cornell University and ICARDA visited farmers’ fields and wheat research centers of the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR) from October 30-November 3, 2017, to review activities and discuss collaborative approaches to ...
Linda McCandless · 30 Nov 2017
Naeela Qureshi - WIT Profile
I am about to finish my PhD in wheat rust genetics at the Plant Breeding Institute (PBI), at the University of Sydney. I have recently submitted my thesis and I’m currently waiting for reviewer’s report. Throughout my PhD, I have worked on rust resistance in wheat. I’ve focused on gene discovery ...
Tessa Schneider · 28 Nov 2017
Wheat surveillance activities in South Asia up 16%; streamlined efforts, enhanced toolbox
Wheat is one of the most important crops in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region, second only to rice. South Asia has the highest wheat-dependent low-income community in the world and produces about 19 percent of the world’s wheat.
Stem rust is recognized as ...
Aishwariya K & Richa Kapur, Sathguru · 25 Oct 2017
Training next generation rust workers on stem rust Ug99
For the ninth consecutive year, researchers from around the world met at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI-Njoro) for training on "Standardization of stem rust field notes and germplasm evaluation, with discussions on stripe and leaf rust”.The course, ...
Sridhar Bhavani · 18 Oct 2017
Ida Paul Wilson - WIT Spotlight
I’m currently employed as a specialist agricultural researcher in crop protection at a commercial agricultural R&D company, ExperiCo, in South Africa. I have 15 years of agricultural research experience on an array of crops, most prominently in wheat, on which my research has focused for the ...
Tessa Schneider · 26 Sep 2017