Steadying the aim for crop breeders using target population environments

30 August, 2013 by (comments)

At times crop breeding can feel like steering a rudderless ship. There’s no such thing as a compass for climate change, for starters, and it’s hard to say whether crop varieties currently in development will still be adequate for conditions on the ground 10 years from now. So what do breeders have to aim at, exactly? For most cropRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity

IFAD and CIAT: Taking the fast track to development impact

14 August, 2013 by (comments)

A new chapter in CIAT’s partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has begun, as the result of a visit to Center headquarters in Colombia by IFAD President Kanayo Nwanze, heading a high-level Fund delegation. The visit formed part of a wider mission to Colombia and Peru. Coming on the eve of CIAT’s Annual Program Review, theRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT

Newly-discovered rice gene goes to the root of drought resistance

6 August, 2013 by (comments)

Crop Scientists have discovered a gene in rice that could significantly improve its resistance to drought, according to new research. The DEEPER ROOTING 1 (DRO1) gene makes the roots of rice plants grow downwards instead of outwards, enabling them to reach water held deeper in the soil. It means that even under conditions of extreme water stress, the plantsRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en, Crops website, Rice @en

Going gourmet in Vietnam’s uplands

1 August, 2013 by (comments)

Hoa Bui sits crossed-legged, pouring green tea into small china cups with a thoughtful look on her face. An ethnic minority farmer in Vietnam’s upland northwestern district of Tan Lac in Hoa Binh Province, her stilted house is nestled in remote green sloping fields. She’s mulling over whether to grow chayote again this year – the leafy vegetable envelopingRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops @en, Regions, Soils