CIAT sends fourth shipment to Arctic seed vault

15 February, 2011 by (comments)

The CIAT genebank has sent a new shipment of duplicate seeds of beans and tropical forages to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, a fortress built on the remote Arctic archipelago to protect the world’s most important food crops in case of catastrophe. This is the fourth shipment made by CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program, which houses the largestRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Inside CIAT

CIAT’s first-ever video diary: Jarvis brings crop wild relatives in from the cold

3 February, 2011 by (comments)

In the first-ever video diary for the CIAT blog, Andy Jarvis gives us an update from a chilly Kew Gardens in London, UK. Andy is at Kew for a warm-up meeting relating to CIAT’s role in a new USD50m project from the Global Crop Diversity Trust, funded by the Norwegian government, to collect and conserve some of the world’sRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity, Multimedia @en

CIAT helps African cassava “Bridegroom” find perfect match

3 February, 2011 by (comments)

A new disease-tolerant cassava variety just released in Nigeria could help to boost food production in the country, and highlights the importance of conserving cassava germplasm from Latin America for scientific research in Africa. The new crop combines two forms of resistance to the devastating cassava mosaic disease(CMD): one found in the so-called “Bridegroom” cassava variety, a Nigerian landrace,Read More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en

CIAT experts home in on endangered plants – to improve food production & climate change adaptation

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis – crop wild relatives by CIAT CIAT scientists are pinpointing areas around the world for the collection of some of the world’s most important plant species. The team will run computer models to determine the likely locations of endangered wild relatives of some of the world’s most important food crops like wheat, rice and beans. CollectionRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity

UN conference delegates visit CIAT genebank

30 March, 2010 by (comments)

Delegates from a United Nations (UN) meeting on genetic resources have visited CIAT’s genebank to learn more about the institution’s role in protecting and conserving plant material and its commitment to making it freely available to plant breeders and researchers around the world. The 40-strong delegation was part of the UN’s Ninth Conference of the Parties to the ConventionRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Daniel Debouck – guardian of biodiversity

21 January, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Daniel Debouck is featured in the latest edition of Geneflow. The annual magazine, produced by CGIAR sister-center Bioversity International, promotes “awareness of the importance of the Earth’s agricultural biodiversity and the role it plays in improving people’s lives and livelihoods.” In the two-page feature, Daniel describes his work as manager of CIAT’s genebank at the institution’s headquarters inRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Cassava “accident” brings tolerance hope

1 September, 2009 by (comments)

When a consignment of carotene-rich cassava roots was packaged and sent for bioavailability tests, there was the usual, hopeful wait for results. Ten months later and those results, soon to be officially announced, suggest that the carotene contained in yellow-flesh of the so-called “egg yolk” cassava has good bioavailability, meaning it can be easily absorbed by humans, and convertedRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions