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Identifying market segments and aligning breeding pipelines will focus CGIAR investments

Opinion | Adam Hunt | 29/6/2021

There is an urgent need for public breeding programs to prioritize and focus their efforts. Excellence in Breeding (EiB) is working with CGIAR partners to identify market segments and align breeding pipelines to them — with...

Computer simulations are helping CGIAR breeders develop better varieties faster

Impact | Sam Storr | 28/6/2021

In the past, plant breeding has helped avert entire famines by changing a handful of genes in key crop varieties. But today's breeders must meet similar challenges with consistent excellence, making the right decisions each season to refine natural genetic...

New platform harnesses data – and unleashes breeders’ time

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 22/6/2021

 A bold new data management platform, the Enterprise Breeding System (EBS), is helping breeders harness the power of data, save time, and make the best breeding decisions. EiB has just released a faster, more feature-filled version.Crop breeding is increasingly data driven,...

African breeding programs leap forward by accessing new genotyping data

Impact | Adam Hunt | 9/6/2021

With newly accessible genotyping technologies, African crop breeding programs have partnered with EiB to start using genotyping resources to improve accuracy and efficiency.As breeders strive for higher-yielding, climate-resilient and nutritious crops, genotyping is intensifying...

Advances in breeding operations can help deliver vital varieties to smallholder farmers

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 3/6/2021

Public breeding operations teams serving lower income countries need to upgrade their skills and tools, optimize their programs, and deliver better varieties, faster. CGIAR’s new Breeding Operations Network for Development (BOND) is ready to make...

New portal for gender-responsive agricultural research for development

Partner news | | 2/6/2021

A new portal launched by the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) guides how we can develop critical questions and methods for agricultural research that take these gender differences and power dynamics into consideration.

Teaming up for more impactful breeding

| Adam Hunt | 27/4/2021

Breeders, economists, gender specialists, and food technologists are gathering together to advance new approaches to breeding crop varieties that people will want.A two-day online “hackathon” jointly organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) and the Excellence in Breeding Platform focused on key improvements to the impact of breeding programs. As these clonally-propagated crops are a foundation of food...

New genotyping services launched across CGIAR and partners

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 14/4/2021

CGIAR Excellence in Breeding has launched new low-cost, high throughput genotyping services, positioning CGIAR and national breeding programs to take a leap forward in delivering vital crop varieties.The Low Density SNP Genotyping Services (LDSG) provide breeders with streamlined and centralized...

Seeding excellence through breeding excellence

| Adam Hunt | 5/4/2021

Originally published by Asian Seed Magazine. Written by Adam Hunt, EiB Communications lead. CGIAR Excellence in Breeding is working with partners to catalyze a transformation of public crop breeding programs across Asia, Africa and the developing world.When parts of Asia looked to be on the brink of famine in the 1960s, scientists transformed agriculture through the Green Revolution. Catalyzed by the research-for-...

In a water-challenged world, crop breeders must do more than go with the flow

Opinion | Adam Hunt | 22/3/2021

 With water sources dwindling and harsher climate conditions on the rise, farmers in the developing world need both better crop varieties and improved water management practices. This World Water Day, Gustavo Teixeira, EiB Module lead for Breeding Operations and...