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South Asian scientists trained on ‘art and science’ of wheat rust research

More than a dozen young scientists from four countries gathered March 5-10 in northern India for the seventh biannual South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Wheat Rust Surveillance and Monitoring workshop.

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Richa Kapur · 11 Jul 2019


Progressive Nepalese wheat farmers celebrated at fair

An innovative wheat seed production project in Nepal celebrated astounding growth by bringing some of its most successful farmers to an agricultural fair aimed at connecting people across the entire wheat value chain.

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Rijuta Garapaty, Rituparna Majumder and Suman Dhakal · 11 Jul 2019


The value of practicing humility in scientific research

This blog is an edited version of a speech originally delivered by Feng Li at the 2019 College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) commencement ceremony at the University of Minnesota.

While reflecting on my experiences in graduate school, one thought ...

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Feng Li · 21 May 2019


DGGW Builds Seed System Capacity in Nepal for Young Agricultural Professionals

Seeds are the basic inputs in agriculture and often regarded as the carriers of new technology. Particularly in regions like Nepal where modern agricultural inputs and technologies are difficult to adopt due to economic and geographical constraints, seed remains an important means of increasing ...

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Suman Dhakal, Rijuta Garapaty and Rituparna Majumder · 21 May 2019


Farmer Field Schools: Innovative and Effective Farmer Training in Nepal

Under the aegis of the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project, the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) has established a seed system in Nepal for the purpose of creating access to quality certified seeds for smallholder farmers in the Chitwan region of Nepal. For the seed system ...

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Rijuta Garapaty, Rituparna Majumder, and Suman Dhakal · 25 Apr 2019


2019 Women in Triticum award winners announced at CIMMYT visitor week

The Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project’s new cohort of Women in Triticum awardees was announced March 20 at the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT).

The Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Awards are comprised of two complementary awards ...

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Samantha Hautea · 20 Mar 2019


DGGW surveillance training in 2018-19 in South Asia

Wheat disease surveillance facilitates the targeted release of rust resistant wheat varieties and/or the withdrawal of susceptible varieties. It has been an essential aspect of the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) and Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat (DRRW) projects under the Borlaug ...

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Aishwariya Varadan K., Richa Kapur and Rituparna Majumder · 27 Feb 2019


Learning to Lead and Build a Team

“This excellently prepared training helped in building team working skills via several team building activities and games. And it helped in gaining leadership tools such as effective communication, setting priorities, conflict resolution, making us aware of imposter syndrome, and how to be ...

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Linda McCandless · 13 Feb 2019


Yr15 wheat stripe rust resistance gene: discovery, cloning and future perspectives

In October 2018, an international team of researchers released a paper that described the main results of the cloning of the highly effective wheat stripe rust resistance gene, Yr15. This discovery, which has great significance for the wheat community, was the outcome of 25 years of ...

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Valentina Klymiuk · 29 Jan 2019


The BGRI Training web site

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative is pleased to announce our newest web resource: the BGRI Training web suite.  Featuring over 40 training videos, this resource is designed to aid early career wheat and rust researchers in their studies and to establish best practices for things like sample ...

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John Bakum · 30 Oct 2018


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