Genome Editing: As Easy, Useful, and Safe as it Sounds?

1 December, 2015 by (comments)

Helping experts in crop biotechnology explain their work to non-specialists is a tough job – one to which I’ve dedicated a lot of time as a science writer/editor over the last 20 years. One rhetorical device that I’ve always found handy for getting my mind around biotechnology’s abstractions is the apt metaphor – like the image of a “pipeline”Read More …

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US Scientific Honor Awarded to CIAT Research Leader

23 November, 2015 by (comments)

Joe Tohme, director of CIAT’s Agrobiodiversity Research Area, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year, 347 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advanceRead More …

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Beans and Other Paragons of Dietary Virtue

9 November, 2015 by (comments)

When the United Nations (UN) General Assembly designates an issue to be the focus of an international year, this is usually a tacit admission that people around the world tend to take the issue for granted, even though they shouldn’t. The International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) – which is being formally launched on 10 November at the headquartersRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en

The Economist Magazine Calls for an Increase in “Seed Money”

11 September, 2015 by (comments)

Reporters for The Economist write about banks all the time – but usually focus on the ones that are stuffed with money. This week, however, in an article titled Banks for bean counters, the heavyweight news magazine puts the spotlight on seed banks and their vital role in combating global hunger. The plant genetic resources stored in seed banksRead More …

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Lowell Hardin, a CIAT Founding Father

4 May, 2015 by (comments)

CIAT joins the family and many friends and colleagues of Lowell Hardin, professor emeritus at Purdue University, USA, in mourning his death on 28 April at the age of 97. While Hardin’s 70-year career of service to humanity reached many individuals and organizations, it had special significance for us at CIAT, as he figured prominently among the Center’s founders.Read More …


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A Virtual Feast for the Mind

15 April, 2015 by (comments)

We invite you to feast your eyes and your mind on the online version of CIAT’s Annual Report 2014-2015: Pathways to Development Impact – our first virtual and fully interactive publication*. Like our printed annual reports of the past, this one offers a comprehensive overview of the Center’s achievements in the last year – including its contributions to theRead More …

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Beans that Can Beat the Heat

24 March, 2015 by (comments)

Responding to fears that bean production will take a big hit from global warming, CIAT scientists have identified about 30 “elite” lines showing tolerance to temperatures 4 degrees Centigrade above the crop’s normal “comfort zone.” Research on these beans, which is supported by the CGIAR Fund and documented in a recent CGIAR report, represents a major contribution to theRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean