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BGRI 2018 Recap, Part 1: Innovation and international collaboration is key to fighting wheat disease

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) has achieved much in the last decade through its mission to reduce the world’s vulnerability to stem, yellow, and leaf rusts of wheat. It has brought people together in meetings like this, facilitated sustainable international partnerships to contain the ...

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Samantha Hautea and Emma Quilligan · 23 May 2018

2018 Women in Triticum Award Winners

The BGRI is proud to again honor an outstanding group of women scientists with the 2018 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Award for early career and for mentoring. The winners received their award at the 2018 BGRI Technical Workshop in Marrakech, Morocco. These well deserving scientists ...

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Tessa Schneider · 25 Apr 2018

Francisco Barro, developer of gluten-free wheat, to deliver keynote address at BGRI Technical Workshop

A few years ago, the idea of gluten-free wheat was more theoretical than real. But last year, Francisco Barro, a plant scientist at the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in Spain, made headlines with a gene editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9 that significantly reduced the amount of ...

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Samantha Hautea · 29 Mar 2018

The Journey Toward Gender Responsive Wheat Breeding in Kenya

The GREAT Gender-responsive Cereal Grains Breeding Course in Uganda surpassed my expectations. Week One was held in August 2018 and Week Two in January 2018. The experience transformed my thoughts about research and the driving force behind my efforts as a wheat breeder.

My institute, the ...

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Bernice Ngina Waweru · 23 Mar 2018

GRRC annual report on wheat yellow rust 2017 released

Unusual and severe epidemics of yellow rust were observed on several continents in 2017. In a number of cases, epidemic sites at different continents were inter-related by prevalence of genetically identical yellow rust genotypes and races. ...

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Jens Grønbech Hansen · 21 Feb 2018

BGRI Scientist Profile: Shitaye Homma Megerssa

In 2018, the BGRI will be publishing a series of Q&A’s with scientists in the DGGW project. In honor of the UN Women in Science Day on February 11, this month we profile Shitaye Homma Megerssa, a Ph.D. Candidate from Ethiopia who is working in Mark Sorrells' laboratory at Cornell University ...

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Tessa Schneider · 9 Feb 2018

Breakthrough in the battle against Ug99

A significant breakthrough in combatting wheat stem rust disease caused by the fungus Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici was recently achieved through the combined work of an international collaborative team, showing the power of cooperative research approaches.

The emergence of ...

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Melania Figueroa and Peter Dodds · 25 Jan 2018

New international Borlaug center opens in India

When Jeanie Borlaug unveiled the statue of her father, Nobel laureate Norman E. Borlaug, she couldn’t help but give him a squeeze.

“My father would be immensely proud to have his name associated with such a visionary and impactful endeavor as the Dr. Norman Borlaug International Centre ...

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Linda McCandless · 23 Jan 2018

Surveillance training keeps rust at bay in India and South Asia

INDORE & LUDHIANA, INDIA: Wheat rust is a severe disease in South Asia that affects productivity, causing 10 to 15 percent in yield losses. By tracking the movement, incidence and severity of rust, surveillance has become an important tool in mitigating its effects.

Since 2011, wheat ...

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Richa Kapur & Aishwariya Vardhan K. · 16 Jan 2018

Small Seeds, Big Impact: The wheat season in Nepal kicked off with certified seed production training

BHAIRAHAWA, NEPAL: Farmers in Chitwan, the densely cultivated wheat-producing belt of Nepal, are gearing up for the 2017-18 wheat sowing season with the help of the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) Innovative Seed Systems program. Winter in Nepal is the time when public and private seed ...

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Mansi Naithani · 14 Dec 2017