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WIT Profile: Esraa Alwan '10

Esraa Alwan, a native of Syria, won the Women in Triticum Early Career Award in 2010. She received her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from Aleppo University in Syria, during which she also completed an MSc in conjunction with ICARDA. The BGRI is launching a series of profiles ...

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27 Jul 2016


Ron DePauw Donates WIT Award to FINCA

Ron DePauw has always been motivated by the power of agriculture to change people’s lives. During his distinguished career as a wheat breeder, he has produced over 200 scientific manuscripts, developed wheat cultivars, which have accounted for about 50 percent of  ...

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Tessa Schneider · 20 Jul 2016


Crop diversification: the ‘old’ weapon in the hands of Ethiopian farmers

Ethiopian farmers have been faced with continuous outbreaks of virulent stem rust and yellow rust epidemics over the past decades, causing considerable damage and thousands of tons of wheat grain losses. A curious reader might wonder what caused this depressing outcome: was it the unpredictable ...

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F.M Bassi , T. Chiari , R.P.S. Verma , S. Kumar · 15 Jun 2016


A Woman for Wheat

"A ship is safe in the harbor but that’s not what ships are for” is Maricelis Acevedo’s favorite mantra. The newly appointed associate director for science for Cornell University’s Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project left her island home of Puerto Rico in 2003 to pursue a career as a ...

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Linda McCandless · 3 May 2016


On Roman Robigalia Day, scientists size up battle against centuries-old wheat rust disease

Devastating fungal wheat rusts have perplexed farmers since ancient times. For the Romans, the agricultural festival Robigalia celebrated each year on April 25... ...

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CIMMYT · 25 Apr 2016


Helping Nepalese farmers adapt to climate change

SINDHULPALCHOWK, NEPAL: Farming the terraced hillsides above the Indrawati River Valley of Nepal, Nabaraj Sapkota and his wife Muthu Dei experience the impacts of climate change on an almost daily basis. Erratic rains make planting difficult. Warm, misty conditions and prolonged winter ...

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Linda McCandless · 20 Apr 2016


2016 WIT Winners announced

Before an audience at the CIMMYT Wheat Research Station in Obregon Mexico, the BGRI presented WIT awards to another cadre of diverse early career wheat reaseachers and a WIT mentor.

2016 Early Career Women in Triticum Award winners:

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John Bakum · 18 Mar 2016


New project will continue funding the BGRI to combat threats to global wheat crop

CIUDAD OBREGÓN, Mexico: Climate-change-induced heat stress and disease pathogens migrating across borders threaten the world’s wheat supply and food security in conflict zones of Africa and the Middle East. To expand the scope of a global partnership to combat these threats, Cornell University ...

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16 Mar 2016


The BGRI is coming to AAAS

The BGRI will be well represented at the upcoming meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), held in Washington DC, 11-15 February.

BGRI members Jessica Rutkoski, Maricelis Acevedo and Dave Hodson will be presenting in a symposium titled "Pathogens Without ...

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John Bakum and Julie Mollins · 3 Feb 2016


CIMMYT seeks Program Manager for Global Wheat Program

TEXCOCO, MEXICO: CIMMYT is seeking a Program Manager for their Global Wheat Program. Deadline to apply is Feb. 25. According to the position description listed on the CIMMYT web page, they are seeking a dynamic, self-motivated ...

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28 Jan 2016


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