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CGIAR and national partners move toward stronger crop breeding partnerships to benefit Sub-Saharan African farmers

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 7/7/2022

 Africa’s agricultural research institutes are on a clearer path to developing and delivering more and better nutrient-rich, climate-resilient crops through strengthened partnerships with CGIAR....

Groundbreaking data analysis set to sharpen crop breeding investments

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 1/6/2022

Source: CGIAR Gender  A groundbreaking new dataset and analysis are set to ensure crop breeders develop new varieties that benefit the world’s most disadvantaged people.The CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) led a data collection effort across public...

IRRI overcomes barriers and bottlenecks towards a rice breeding revolution

Impact | Misha Nicholas | 18/5/2022

Source: IRRI  Public breeding is undergoing a slow transformation as it adopts better, faster, more modern technologies and practices – all with the goal of ensuring farmers get the crop varieties they need.  With an improvement plan that...

A transformational breeding data management system goes online at CGIAR centers

Impact | Sam Storr | 27/4/2022

This story was initially published at EBS.excellenceinbreeding.orgIn the race to develop more nutritious and climate-resilient varieties, crop breeders have access to enormous amounts of data: managing the operation of trials in different locations around the...

African breeding and operations teams boost expertise and map out improvements

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 30/3/2022

  Breeders and breeding operations staff across Africa are amping up their skills and solving shared problems with colleagues across crops and countries. It’s all part of a series of CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB) workshops, in partnership...

New pricing plan for genotyping services from April 2022

EiB news | Sam Storr | 8/2/2022

Over the last year, global supply chains and service providers have been affected by rising inflation, costs and challenges. Genotyping services and inputs in particular are affected by rising demand due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.The CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) has been...

New study shows impact of systematizing crop breeding schemes

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 26/1/2022

 IITA researchers inspect cassava field trials. Source: IITA A new study finds tremendous potential for continuous improvement and mathematical methods to improve breeding schemes, leading to better crops for farmers.The Frontiers in Plant Science paper — authored by the...

Crop breeders in eastern Africa modernize to end regional hunger

Impact | Sam Storr | 14/1/2022

Maize cobs are weighed at the KALRO research station in Kakamega. Credit: CIMMYT/ Peter Lowe.A quiet transformation is underway at the Kenya Agriculture & Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO). New facilities are being developed, flows of digital data are coming online, ways of...

2021 was the year of collaboration in breeding informatics

EiB news | Sam Storr | 10/1/2022

In March 2021, a new network of specialists, the Breeding Informatics Network (BrIN) was established to standardize and modernize breeding data storage, access, curation, analysis, visualization, and decision support. The ultimate goal of BrIN is to improve quality and efficiency in delivering improved...

Digital phenotyping technologies set to take off across CGIAR

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 7/12/2021

CGIAR drone team in a maize field in India (Source: ICRISAT) New and more accessible digital phenotyping technologies and methods can help breeding programs collect data faster and better. EiB is partnering across CGIAR to expand, accelerate and streamline adoption.In the last few years, there...