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Appreciation Ceremony Recognizes Ciudad Obregón

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By Jenny Nelson/CIMMYT

Photo of award ceremony

Hans Braun (fourth from left), director of the CIMMYT Global Wheat Program, and Antonio Gándara (fifth from left), president of Patronato, present Borlaug statues and plaques in appreciation of those who helped with the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security. (Photo: Courtesy of the Tribuna del Yaqui newspaper)

Patronato, an organization representing farmers in Sonora, Mexico, held its Annual Day of the Farmer (Día del Agricultor) on 8 April and awarded plaques of appreciation to the many organizations and agencies in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, that participated in securing the safety and enjoyment of all participants at the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security, held in the city on 25-28 March. Hans Braun, Global Wheat Program director, attended the event. He expressed his gratitude to Patronato for facilitating the extensive support provided by the police, medical services, fire department and the airport that created the environment for a successful event. Braun also presented a Borlaug statue to Rogelio Diaz Brown, presidente municipal of Ciudad Obregón, as well as to the rector of the Universidad de La Salle Noreste (ULSA), in recognition of their assistance and the warm hospitality of the Ciudad Obregón and the students, staff and faculty of ULSA. Officials who attended the event included Fernando Isaac Apodaca Lauterio, secretary of municipal public security; José Alejandro Cervantes Flores, transit chief; Orlando Velderrain Paredes, official with the prevention police; Manuel Alejandro Velasco Villanueva, infantry colonel chief of staff of Mexican Defense; and Adolfo Díaz Herrera, chief inspector and head of the police.

Borlaug Centennial Celebrated with International Summit

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By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT

 

More than 700 people from nearly 70 countries joined with some of the greatest minds in agriculture and food security during 25-28 March to recognize the legacy of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug and the future of wheat in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico.

 

CIMMYT organized the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security with the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative and the Patronato farmers’ association to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dr. Borlaug’s birth. Dr. Borlaug, known as the father of the Green Revolution, was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work developing high-yielding wheat varieties now used around the world. He began this research in Ciudad Obregón working for CIMMYT’s predecessor organization.

The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: Speaker Roundup

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By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT

Photo of Norman Borlaug

 

More than 25 speakers will gather with nearly 700 participants in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico, next week for the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security, an event celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug. Top wheat scientists, policy analysts, scholars and authors will address topics ranging from the history of wheat to current agricultural innovations. Take a look at what some of our speakers have been up to and see the whole list here.

 

  • Wheat scientist Graham Farquhar was recently honored with the U.K.’s Rank Prize for his work developing a technique that led to the “emergence of new commercial wheat varieties.”
  • Plant breeder Ronnie Coffman received the inaugural World Agriculture Prize in October.
  • Per Pinstrup-Andersen looks at the response of policymakers to food price crises.
  • Tony Fischer was recognized at CIMMYT last year for his contributions to wheat science.
  • Scholar Uma Lele addresses gender and agriculture on her blog.
  • Jikun Huang talks about food demand and supply in China in this Q&A.
  • Ashok Gulati gives his opinion on India’s agricultural sector.
  • Rikin Gandhi explains how farmers benefit from sharing videos.

 

Follow #Borlaug100 for more news from the Summit. Sessions will be streamed live from 26-28 March on www.borlaug100.org.

Limagrain and CIMMYT Collaborate on Maize Doubled Haploid Technology

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By Vijay Chaikam/CIMMYT

 

CIMMYT’s intensive efforts in developing and deploying tropicalized haploid inducers and their potential impact on doubled haploid (DH) line development in tropical genetic backgrounds were recently praised by Thierry Rosin, global maize research head of Limagrain.

 

Limagrain and CIMMYT scientists observe the treated haploid plants in a D0 nursery. Photo: Vijay Chaikam

Limagrain and CIMMYT scientists observe the treated haploid plants in a D0 nursery. Photo: Vijay Chaikam

His comments came during a DH project review meeting organized by Limagrain on 4 February at Limagrain’s DH facility in Santiago de Chile, Chile. Vijay Chaikam, CIMMYT maize DH specialist, and B.M. Prasanna, director of CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program represented CIMMYT. Limagrain, an international agricultural co-operative group based in France and the world’s fourth largest seed company, has supported CIMMYT’s maize DH technology efforts since 2012, with particular emphasis on improving protocols to enhance efficiency for the benefit of the international scientific community. DH technology expedites the development and release of homozygous maize lines.

CIMMYT Seed Heads to the Frozen North

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By Miriam Shindler/CIMMYT

CIMMYT’s Wellhausen-Anderson Gene Bank sent its fifth shipment of seed to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway last week for safeguarding.

Thirty-four boxes containing about 420 kilograms of seed left from CIMMYT’s El Batán headquarters on 7 February for the vault, which is deeply embedded in the frozen mountains of Svalbard. Isolated on the Norwegian Island of Spitsbergen, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the Global Seed Vault is keeping the genetic diversity of the world’s crops safe for future generations by storing duplicates of seeds from gene banks across the globe.

Tom Payne (left), Denise Costich and Miguel Ángel López help load the seed shipment from the CIMMYT Germplasm Bank, on its way to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. Photo: Xochiquetzal Fonseca/CIMMYT

Tom Payne (left), Denise Costich and Miguel Ángel López help load the seed shipment from the CIMMYT Germplasm Bank, on its way to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. Photo: Xochiquetzal Fonseca/CIMMYT

CIMMYT sent 1,946 accessions of maize and 5,964 of wheat accessions to add to that collection. Over the past several years, CIMMYT has sent 123,057 accessions of maize and wheat, which is essential for protecting valuable genetic diversity. CIMMYT is working with the Norwegian government and the Global Crop Diversity Trust, who manage the Global Seed Vault, to keep maize and wheat seed safe against a global catastrophe.

Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: Ciudad Obregón, Mexico

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By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT

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CIMMYT will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Norman Borlaug with the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security from 25 to 28 March. We’re recognizing his legacy and considering its future with an event held where some of Borlaug’s most important work first began – Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico.

Behind the Science: Researcher Helps Remote Sensing Soar

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By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT

Since Maria Tattaris began working at CIMMYT two years ago, the blimp used by the wheat physiology group in Ciudad Obregón, Mexico, went from sitting in a box to being a main component of the group’s aerial remote sensing platform.

Members of the wheat physiology group pose with a blimp used for aerial remote sensing.

Members of the wheat physiology group pose with a blimp used for aerial remote sensing.

Tattaris brought her background in mathematics and experience using remote sensing to study forest fires to contribute to this developing field at CIMMYT. Remote sensing allows researchers to obtain information about an area without physical contact. In terms of crops, remote sensing can be used to observe plant characteristics and dynamics over time and is particularly useful when applied to large areas that are inaccessible or may be otherwise difficult to monitor.

Remote Sensing Prepares for Liftoff

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By Sam Storr/CIMMYT

Remote sensing experts, breeders, agronomists and policymakers discussed turning their research and experiences into tools to benefit farmers and increase food production while safeguarding the environment during CIMMYT’s workshop “Remote Sensing: Beyond Images” from 14-15 December 2013.

The "Sky Walker” advances phenotyping in Zimbabwe. Photo: J.L. Araus, University of Barcelona/CIMMYT

The “Sky Walker” advances phenotyping in Zimbabwe. Photo: J.L. Araus, University of Barcelona/CIMMYT

The event was sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) and the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) as well as the CGIAR Research Program on Maize and the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA).

Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security: Remembering Norman Borlaug

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One of the most important aspects of planning the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security is remembering Norman Borlaug. We’ve received photos and stories from individuals and institutions as they register for the event. Some people only met Dr. Borlaug once while others worked with him for years, but they all share memories of his kindness and impact. You can read and see all of the submissions here; a few of our favorites to date are found below (some submissions are edited for clarity):

“I will help you”

“Dr. Borlaug’s visit to China in 1974 with U.S. delegates started the collaboration between China and CIMMYT … I met him in November of 1990 when I started as a postdoctoral fellow in the CIMMYT Global Wheat Program. We lived in the same block of the visiting scientist building and met very often in the cafeteria in the evening. I traveled with Borlaug a few times and facilitated his visits to China many times.

Photo submitted by Zhonghu He

Photo submitted by Zhonghu He

What I learned from him is to respect people and work hard. Never, ever, hurt other people’s dignity or pride, and never be arrogant. Always say, ‘I will help you!’ … As said by , CIMMYT Director General Dr. Tom Lumpkin, the best way to commemorate Borlaug is to work hard and do your best job.” – Dr. Zhonghu He

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