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 …

Tagged With: , , , ,
Filed Under: Crops @en

A Date with Big Data in Uruguay

18 August, 2015 by (comments)

It was definitely not love at first sight. Gonzalo Rovira had prepared carefully for this first date. Years of experience assured him that all would go well. But when the big moment arrived, he felt intimidated. His date was a platform named “R,” which is widely used by scientists and statisticians for data analysis. Rovira had a long storyRead More …

Tagged With: , ,
Filed Under: Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Rice @en

UN awards big data project for confronting crazy weather in rice production

2 September, 2014 by (comments)

CGIAR scientists wielding big data tools to blunt the impacts of climate change on Latin America’s rice production have been named one of two winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge, to be awarded at the United Nations Climate Summit taking place on 23 September in New York City. The other winner is the World Resource Institute’s Global ForestRead More …

Tagged With: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Filed Under: Uncategorized

Workshop on Molecular Diagnostic Methodologies of Rice Pathogenic Bacteria

30 April, 2014 by (comments)

Evaluating the phytosanitary quality of rice seeds subject to importation and exportation is one of the biggest challenges faced by plant protection departments in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Restrictions on transboundary movement of rice seeds, due to possible contamination with pathogens, make necessary the implementation of suitable laboratory tests to avoid relying exclusively on field inspections. AsRead More …

Tagged With: , , , ,
Filed Under: Crops @en, Inside CIAT, Rice @en

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 …

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

Minding the gaps: scientists hail major advance in adapting food crops to climate change

31 July, 2013 by (comments)

Global efforts to adapt staple foods like rice, wheat and potato to climate change have been given a major boost as new research reveals the details and whereabouts of their “wild relatives” – their undomesticated distant cousins that could contain secrets to making food crops more productive and resilient. Some of these wild and weedy species have evolved toRead More …

Tagged With: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean

Bean impact: making sense of 16%

12 July, 2013 by (comments)

Having had the chance to witness the spread of better beans in East Africa it was great to hear that the, well, bean counters had been sent in to do a formal impact assessment. The results will form part a series of studies known as the Diffusion and Impact of Improved Varieties in Africa (DIIVA). But at first glance,Read More …

Tagged With: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en