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

HarvestPlus – better crops, better nutrition

23 April, 2013 by (comments)

Published in the CIAT Annual report 2012-2013, out now. HarvestPlus, the joint CIAT- International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) programme to develop nutritionally-improved – or “biofortified” – staple food crops in Africa, Asia and Latin America, marked its ninth year with a number of new crop releases and improved systems to get the crops into the hands of smallholderRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity

Punjab on fire – in pictures

12 December, 2012 by (comments)

India’s rice-wheat system feeds a lot of people – and I mean a lot. But the widespread burning of crop residues after the rice harvest is causing all manner of problems, from the release of huge quantities of greenhouse gases and toxins to declining soil fertility. The system desperately needs to become more sustainable. We covered the story hereRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Climate Change website

Bruce Campbell of CCAFS writes in Scientific American

9 July, 2012 by (comments)

Have a look at the leader of the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program, Bruce Campbell’s opinion piece on the blog of Scientific American, the publication of which coincided with the last month’s United Nations Rio+20 conference on sustainable development in Brazil. And if you have four minutes to spare, here’s a short trailer played toRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media