Wheat expert calls for global unity to avert future hunger crises
A global alliance of countries and research institutions, including Cornell, committed to sharing plant genetic material, has secured food access for billions of people, but a patchwork of legal restrictions threatens humanity’s ability to feed a growing global population. That jeopardizes decades ...
Matt Hayes · 23 Jul 2019
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.
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.
Rijuta Garapaty, Rituparna Majumder and Suman Dhakal · 11 Jul 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 ...
Suman Dhakal, Rijuta Garapaty and Rituparna Majumder · 21 May 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 ...
Feng Li · 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Valentyna Klymiuk · 29 Jan 2019