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Data from new Excellence in Breeding report reveals progress on CGIAR’s transformation

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 5/7/2021

A new compilation of data reveals real progress on CGIAR’s crop breeding transformation agenda. CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB)’s first-ever Annual Report focuses on 27 data points showing...

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...

New platform harnesses data – and unleashes breeders’ time

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 22/6/2021

Photo credit: IRRIA 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...

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...

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...

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...

New digitization equipment set to accelerate Kenya agriculture agency’s breeding programs

EiB news | Solomon Sirak | 15/3/2021

The equipment will help speed up and enhance the accuracy of various breeding processes including seed preparation, data collection, data analysis and inventory management.  The...

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...

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...

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...