He “has been an integral partner in the development and implementation of the Durable Rust Research in Wheat (DRRW) and Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) projects.”. MEXICO CITY, 5 April 2018–Declining area sown to wheat worldwide, together with stockpiling by China, is masking significant risk in global wheat markets, experts at the United Kingdom’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) caution. Two of his colleagues had just returned from Australia, where research had recently identified micronutrient disorders in soil as a major constraint for cereal production. CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program is one of the most important public sources of high yielding, nutritious, disease- and climate-resilient wheat varieties for Africa, Asia, and Latin America. And, of course, his retirement plans in the German countryside. About Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat for Improved Livelihoods. When Borlaug visited Obregón for the last time in 2009, the Patronato farmers had a big surprise. “Nothing of this nature has happened before in Zambia.”. CIMMYT and the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat (WHEAT) are taking action on several fronts to combat wheat blast. Global Wheat Detection Problem Overview: Open up your pantry and you’re likely to find several wheat products. “This and the recent, huge global harvests for maize have saturated grain markets and pressured prices, driving the price of wheat futures to historic lows.”. A select group of plant breeders, quantitative geneticists, livelihoods, to the role of corporate agribusiness and the capacity of Earth’s It’s been a fantastic rice, wheat is among the top two in terms of area and contribution to total High-Yield Wheat Breeding and Genetics, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Carlos Guzman, head of wheat nutrition and quality, Mohammad Reza Jalal Kamali, CIMMYT country representative in Iran, and Alexey Morgounov, head of the International Winter Wheat Improvement Program received Yaquis, or statues of a Yaqui Indian. Management Plugin, Carretera Mexico-Veracruz, Km. Zambia has unique agro-climatic conditions, particularly in the rainfed wheat production system, and diseases such as spot blotch and Fusarium head blight are common. Our role at this workshop is to review how will help breeders combine positive haplotypes in the future, including for FCC: “We will spend a couple of weeks at the CIMMYT research station at El Batan and move to Ciudad, Obregón to complete the training. “It is important to multiply our efforts to be able to address and fulfill this tremendous demand on agriculture that we will face in the near future,” he stated. The overarching thread that ran though the Visitor’s Week was that all were in attendance because of their desire to benefit the greater good through wheat science. The PD for GWP will establish and lead the vision and direction for wheat improvement at CIMMYT, focusing on sustainable wheat food security, reducing poverty, improving nutrition, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and strengthening of partner capabilities. He also noted the importance of continuing to improve nutritional content, growing within planetary boundaries, and taking farmers’ preferences seriously. After retirement, Braun is looking forward to settling in rural Inzlingen, Germany, and being surrounded by the beautiful countryside and mountains, alongside his wife Johanna. WHEAT scientists and partners are also working quickly to study genetic factors that increase resistance to the disease and develop early warning systems, among other research interventions. Researchers were initially confused when symptoms of the disease in the Mpika fields were first reported. promoted genetic gains and yield stability across a wide range of environments “He said, ‘Hans, I’m really happy to inform you that Patronato decided to donate $1 million.’”. CIMMYT’s specialty is to provide global expertise in two of the world’s most important field crops along with partners in over 100 countries. The group, who traveled from as far as away as Canada, India He received the award on October 9, 2020, during the virtual Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) Technical Workshop. Despite his relaxing retirement plans, Braun hopes to continue to support wheat research, whether it is through CIMMYT or through long friendships with national partners, raising awareness of population growth, the “problem of all problems” in his view. Posted in Article, News. Q: What is your reaction to CIMMYT’s wheat breeding plan? A: Absolutely. Its popularity as a food and crop makes wheat widely studied. “Price spikes in basic food staples sorely affect the poor, who spend much of their income simply to eat each day,” Braun added. This will make us one of the world’s best breeding programs. research programs. areas where a lot of protein and calories come from wheat. CIMMYT is a member of the CGIAR System and leads the CGIAR programs on Maize and Wheat and the Excellence in Breeding Platform. understand why they came and how they saw their role in this renewed push for Written by mmacneil on February 26, 2020. It values its members’ engagement and it promotes the sharing of knowledge, information and resources to increase synergy through collaboration. CIMMYT’s specialty is to provide global expertise in two of the world’s Written by cbrantley on April 8, 2019. The annual tour at the Campo Experimental Norman E. Borlaug allows the global wheat community to see new wheat varieties, learn about latest research findings, and hold meetings and discussions to collaborate on future research priorities. Donors are looking at Wheat, one of the world’s most cultivated crops, requires its production to be increased by more than 50 per cent by 2050 in order to meet the estimated global demand. My subsequent PhD research and time at NIAB have multiplied that seed into vast fields. Global Wheat Production. It’s an ambitious “Given that wheat is the most widely grown crop in the The PD for GWP will establish and lead the vision and direction for wheat improvement at CIMMYT, focusing on sustainable wheat food security, reducing poverty, improving nutrition, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and strengthening of partner capabilities. they state. This happened at the spike stage, and caused significant losses,” said Tembo. these efforts into perspective. Job Responsibilities: Program Director, Global Wheat Program. experts from the public and private wheat breeding sectors spent three days at Results show that projected global wheat production will change by −2.3% to 7.0% under the 1.5°C scenario and −2.4% to 10.5% under the 2.0°C scenario, compared to a baseline of 1980–2010, when considering changes in local temperature, rainfall, and global atmospheric CO 2 concentration, but no changes in management or wheat cultivars. Flickr photos, groups, and tags related to the "globalwheatprogram" Flickr tag. The Wheat Molecular Breeding laboratory develops tools and information for breeders around the world. “A successful, full-fledged wheat breeding program must have breeders, quantitative genetics, pathology, physiology, molecular science, wide crossing, quality, nutrition, bioinformatics, statistics, agronomy and input from economists and gender experts,” in addition to a broad target area, he remarked at an acceptance address for the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement award. Villalobos recognized the immense work ahead in the realm of food security, but was optimistic that young scientists could carry on the legacy of Norman Borlaug by using the tools and lessons that he left behind. When it started, this translational program aimed to bridge the gap between fundamental discoveries in model plant species and commercial breeding. important to raise genetic gain – and nutrition — in wheat now? A recent article in the journal Nature Plants validates the work of wheat breeders who produce yield-boosting varieties for farmers across a range of incomes and environments. “This is a disaster which needs immediate attention,” said Tembo. We need a strong maize and wheat program. Today only 6 countries meet this target and the average of all OECD countries has never been higher than 0.4%. On February 3rd of 2020, the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT) launched its annual Basic Wheat Improvement Course (BWIC). In the past, trainees were assigned to specific research groups in the middle of the course, but this year trainees will be integrated into the breeding activities starting the first day of their arrival in Obregon! hybrid breeding. Q: How has your experience been at this workshop? Alison Bentley, the incoming director of the Global Wheat Program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat, completed her formal education at the University of Sydney in Australia, with support from the Crawford Fund. and Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Program Chair in Durum and experience. Wheat Associates (USW) surveyed industry sources to assess the global harvest situation. At NIAB, I joined the team embarking on a pioneering program of wheat pre-breeding to deliver systematically developed and validated resources for wheat improvement. Worldwide, 2.5 billion consumers depend on wheat as a staple food, and in recent years, several African countries have been actively working towards reducing dependence on wheat imports. Informa’s Agribusiness Intelligence is predicting global production of wheat will be down year on year in 2018. Wheat blast, a fast-acting and devastating fungal disease, has been reported for the first time on the African continent, according to a new article published by scientists from the Zambian Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the US Department of Agriculture – Foreign Disease Weed Science Research Unit (USDA-ARS) in the scientific journal PLoS One. painful and can take us out of our comfort zone,” said CIMMYT Director of Written by mdahm on September 24, 2020. Written by mdahm on November 26, 2020. rate of genetic gain in wheat yields and to mainstream high zinc levels into They look forward to skiing, running, e-biking and other leisure activities. I will be available to offer additional We are seeking a Program Director to lead CIMMYT’s core initiative, the Global Wheat Program (GWP). WHEAT targets a sustained increase in yield of 1.4% p.a. My goal as the current coordinator is to contribute to ensuring food security worldwide through training and capacity building on wheat research!”, JL: “2019 was your first year as the training coordinator. This process led to many important discoveries, notably for my PhD: the nature of sexual reproduction by the crown rot fungus and an understanding of spatial relationships of genetic variation in the field. WHEAT and Global Wheat Program Director Hans Braun also took the opportunity to honor and thank three departing CIMMYT wheat scientists. “In his 35 years with CIMMYT, Hans has become familiar with all major wheat-based cropping systems in the developing and developed world,” said Coffman, who called Hans Braun an important collaborator and close personal friend. Use the latest molecular breeding tools, bioinformatics and selection methods. The Women in Triticum group is participating this year, yes?”. breeding program at CIMMYT, but national programs as well. I’m very optimistic that it’s going to help. “Each of these individuals has contributed to the improvement of wheat and smallholder livelihoods in major and enduring ways.”. Exploit genetic variation in wheat wild relatives. The Global Wheat Program is unique — no other wheat breeding program has a comparable impact. Posted in News. that into not only the CIMMYT program but the international programs both in To learn more about Hans Braun’s successor and incoming director of the Global Wheat Program and CGIAR Research Program on Wheat, check out this profile on Dr. Alison Bentley. Posted in Event, Training, “This will make us one of the world’s best breeding programs,” says visiting scientist. led global wheat production in 2016 accounting for 19% of global production. and high-input farmers but also resource-poor, smallholder farmers who do not In moving to CIMMYT, I take forward the many lessons I have learned since my first Crawford Fund-supported visit to Turkey back in 2003. “Likely linked to China’s efforts to become self-sufficient in wheat, since 2007/08 the country has increased its stockpile by 225 percent, giving it a 64 percent share of the 138 million ton increase in global wheat stocks over this period,” Kaur Purewal observed. It also provided me with a firm view of the context of my PhD research and of how working with partners greatly enhances the value (and enjoyment) of scientific research. The International Maize and What Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is the global leader in publicly-funded maize and wheat research and related farming systems. Curtis Pozniak, Professor Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat for Improved Livelihoods (AGG) is a 5-year project that brings together partners in the global science community and in national agricultural research and extension systems to accelerate the development of higher-yielding varieties of maize and wheat — two of the world’s most important staple crops. decisions are made and think about how CIMMYT wheat programs  apply new technologies to improve the rate of Conduct research to help farmers exploit the full potential of improved seed while conserving soil and water resources. relationships I’ve had with CIMMYT scientists. A: It’s clear that “Eventually I worked my entire career for CIMMYT. CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program is one of the most important public sources of high yielding, nutritious, disease- and climate-resilient wheat varieties for Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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