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Enterprise Breeding System hackathon

EiB news | Sam Storr | 22/11/2019

First steps taken to unify CGIAR-NARS breeding softwarePhoto credit: CIMMYT / Eleusis Llanderal ArangoFrom 21 October to 1 November, software developers and administrators from several breeding software projects met at the headquarters of the International Maize & Wheat Improvement Center (...

How much does it cost to develop and deliver improved maize varieties in Africa?

EiB news | Sam Storr | 3/10/2019

By Jerome Bossuet From 10-12 September, members of the Global Maize Program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) team met with breeders, seed system specialists, research associates,...

Digitization survey results announced

EiB news | Sam Storr | 28/8/2019

In March 2019, EiB surveyed its members to identify the models of equipment currently used to digitize breeding operations.These include package printers, label printers, barcode readers, electronic data collectors and seed counters that can be used to speed up, standardize and introduce efficiency...

Applying advanced genomics and data tools to complex polyploid crops

EiB news | Sam Storr | 4/6/2019

CGIAR and public sector experts met at the International Potato Center (CIP, Peru), May 8-10, 2019 to evaluate genomics resource needs and demonstrate new tools and methods for polyploid crop breeding. ...

Groundnut breeders in Malawi learn how to link product profiles and genotyping for faster variety turnover

EiB news | Sam Storr | 15/3/2019

A rich source of protein, oils and other nutrients that requires few inputs to produce, groundnut is considered both an important contributor to household nutrition and a...

Breeders find strength in diversity at EiB contributor meeting

EiB news | Sam Storr | 3/12/2018

Around 115 members of the CGIAR breeding community, plus others representing national programs, universities, funders and the private sector, met for a three-day discussion of how to co-develop the next generation of advanced breeding programs that...

Genotyping workshop for transformative rice breeding in Bangladesh

EiB news | 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...

IRRI gathers researchers to advance breeding programs around the world

EiB news | 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...

CGIAR leaders meet on future of breeding program improvement

EiB news | 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...

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

EiB news | 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...