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Continuous improvement for breeding with impact

How to | Sam Storr | 30/10/2018

We all feel that we improve as time goes on. Lessons are learned, new tools incorporated, and different initiatives occur here and there. But even with hard work and dedication this is not enough to create the step changes in variety turnover and genetic gain increases we want to see in farmers' fields.Continuous improvement is the...

Genotyping workshop for transformative rice breeding in Bangladesh

| Sam Storr | 10/10/2018

During 17-21 September, 22 members of the transformative rice breeding project at the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) received training in high-throughput genotypic selection and analysis as part of the collaboration between EiB and the High-Throughput Genotyping Project (HTGP).Photo: Dr. Khandakar Iftekharuddaula, Dr. Sharmistha Ghosal, Ms. Milcah Kigoni and Mr....

IRRI gathers researchers to advance breeding programs around the world

| Sam Storr | 28/9/2018

Last August, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) hosted more than 40 participants from public sector breeding programs across ten countries for the Joint Breeders’ Training and Workshop, in collaboration with EiB and the Genomic Open-Source Breeding Informatics Initiative (GOBii).The activity was an opportunity for breeders and informaticians to discuss, evaluate, and enable...

CGIAR leaders meet on future of breeding program improvement

| Sam Storr | 13/9/2018

A meeting of scientific leaders in the CGIAR agreed that a cultural change is the way forward to drive breeding technology adoption, higher rates of genetic gain and more effective replacement of outdated crop varieties in the developing world.Greater accountability, adoption of transparent metrics, and a clearer division of breeding program processes will form a part of a culture of continuous improvement...

New business model puts high-tech genotyping to work for smallholder farmers

| Sam Storr | 20/8/2018

By Milcah Kigoni and Sam StorrThe ability to accurately and cheaply read the plant genome has made it possible to greatly speed up the creation of improved crops. Today, breeding teams developing varieties for smallholder farmers are showing that this technology will no longer be limited to large-scale agriculture, supported by an innovative new business model.The High-...

GOBII/EiB cross-project workshop showcases integrated breeding resources and tools to African partners

| Solomon Sirak | 22/2/2018

"By working together, we can have much greater impact and help train breeders in the latest and most efficient techniques,” Liz Jones, GOBII Director.This article first appeared on BTIScience.org “We are at a pivotal point in time where there are several open-source data systems and analysis tools being built that can be...