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New approaches to breed more inclusive crop varieties

Success story | Sam Storr | 5/3/2021

Hale Ann Tufan, right, inspects a cassava plant with Chiedozie Egesi, program director for the NextGen Cassava project, during a visit to research fields in Namulonge, Uganda. Credit: NextGen Cassava. New crop varieties can help farmers thrive in...

Researchers identify optimal strategy to maximize genomic estimated breeding values

Partner news | | 2/3/2021

The ultimate challenge for crop breeders is to increase genetic gain of a crop: literally, to increase the crop’s yield on farmers’ fields. Wheat and maize breeders from the International Maize...

Breeders take quantum leap towards state-of-the-art data methods via Wheat Initiative trainings

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 15/2/2021

Wheat breeders from across the globe took a big step towards modernizing their molecular breeding skills at recent workshops sponsored by the Wheat Initiative, with the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding...

Breeding scientists are women of their word

Opinion | Adam Hunt | 9/2/2021

If you had to choose one word that symbolizes “women in science,” what would it be? CGIAR Excellence in Breeding asked this question to an array of women working across the crop breeding domain. Their answers show us a scientific field full of hope and accomplishment, but still struggling with...

Cues to making crop improvement in Africa gender responsive

Partner news | | 31/1/2021

A cluster of activities are helping make The Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA) Project’s crop improvement efforts gender-responsive. The activities include: Gender responsiveness in...

CGIAR breeding brings major returns on investment, finds study

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 26/1/2021

Governments and foundations investing in CGIAR are seeing extraordinary value for money, according to a recent international report. The investment has generated a 10 to 1 return, and breeding science is highlighted as a major contributor.Commissioned by...

Four ways One CGIAR breeding programs can walk the talk on innovation

Opinion | Adam Hunt | 11/1/2021

By Hugo Campos and Michael QuinnIn the face of accelerated climate change, COVID-19 and growing populations, breeding at One CGIAR has a chance to lead the way towards food security. But to achieve that, breeding programs need to consider not only...

Developers unite around a common platform to liberate breeding data

EiB news | Sam Storr | 18/12/2020

As public sector breeding has modernized, it has become a more data intensive enterprise. Numerous applications and databases have been created for a wide variety of tasks from collecting field observations to analyzing genetics. However, this...

National breeding programs prepped to measure – and boost – genetic gains

Impact | Adam Hunt | 8/12/2020

By adopting best practices and established modern tools, NARS (national agricultural research systems) are making data-driven decisions to boost genetic improvement. And they are measuring this progress through tracking...

Crop breeding and soil management must go hand in hand

Opinion | Adam Hunt | 5/12/2020

Originally an EiB Op-Ed published on Farming First.Crop breeding is helping farmers in the developing world produce higher yields and better products under increasingly harsh conditions. This World Soil Day, Gustavo Teixeira, EiB Module lead for Breeding Operations and...