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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...

To meet breeding targets, we must be willing to change: EiB’s 2021 Virtual Meeting

EiB news | Misha Nicholas | 2/12/2021

  As the CGIAR and NARES breeding community push towards increased genetic gains and reducing the weighted average age of varieties, the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding’s (EiB) 2021 Virtual Meeting allowed participants...

New costing tool helps sharpen crop breeding investments

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 2/12/2021

Maize breeders visit a KALRO research station in Kiboko, Kenya (Source: KALRO)  Traditionally, many public national breeding programs have not prioritized the costing of their operations. But as the pressure ...

Breeding’s African food security contribution is a numbers game: EiB at APBA

EiB news | Misha Nicholas | 4/11/2021

Photo Credit: IRRI. CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB) informatics lead Young Wha Lee understands that breeding "has always been — and still is — a numbers game." Lee and her EiB colleagues recently demonstrated to African Plant Breeders...