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Harnessing the potential of state-of-the-art genomic technologies for accelerating the rate of genetic gain in wheat

Genomic breeding technologies offer exciting opportunities for wheat improvement amidst escalating challenges like changing climates, unpredictable temperatures, reduced precipitation and biotic stresses. Recognizing the need for accelerating the rate of genetic gain in wheat, the Delivering ...

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Philomin Juliana · 1 Jul 2020


BGRI-led coalition protects world’s wheat crop

When a novel strain of a wheat pathogen first emerged in East Africa in 1998, Norman Borlaug knew the world faced a dire threat to food security.

The virulent race of stem rust that became known as Ug99 was deadly to nearly all wheat varieties, threatening to cause epidemic losses in ...

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Matt Hayes · 30 Jun 2020


Hunger fighters “Take It to the Farmer” in June 25 virtual event from the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative

Wheat researchers and farmers have made significant progress over the past 12 years delivering on the promise of greater food security and nutrition globally. But there is still much work to be done.

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) will hold an interactive virtual event “ ...

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Matt Hayes · 17 Jun 2020


Stripe rust hits wheat crop in Nepal

Nepalese and CIMMYT wheat scientists, working at the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) suspect new races of stripe and leaf rust infected the wheat crop in the Nepal hills and terai in the recent 2020 wheat season. This ...

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Dhruba Bahadur Thapa · 27 May 2020


Borlaug Global Rust Initiative celebrates women leadership in fight to end hunger

As the world changes rapidly, new leaders are emerging to tackle the biggest challenges in food and agriculture.

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Matt Hayes · 21 May 2020


Women scientists point way towards bright future

Former WIT awardees discussed the future of wheat research as part of a panel during “Changing Face of Leadership and Research in Wheat" event on May 21.

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Matt Hayes · 21 May 2020


2020 Women in Triticum Award Celebration - May 21!

The BGRI is launching its 2020 series of Virtual Workshops with a 2020 Women in Triticum Award Celebration called “The Changing Face of Leadership and Research in Wheat,” in an interactive webinar, on Thursday, May 21 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. EDT (14:00-15:00 pm UTC).

“Our new Virtual ...

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Linda McCandless · 5 May 2020


BGRI announces 2020 Women in Triticum Awardees

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) and the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project are excited to announce the 2020 cohort of Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) awardees. Winners will be celebrated at a special virtual event May 21

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Linda McCandless · 29 Apr 2020


Quality wheat seed production in Chitwan, Nepal

Kashiram Khanal, one of the farmer leaders from the Torikhet cluster of the Chitwan region, is one of many farmers who are benefiting from the Seed Village Model at the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) in Nepal. “The University was here for a long time, but only now we feel its ...

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Rijuta Garapaty, Rituparna Majumder, Suman Dhakal · 6 Apr 2020


COVID-19: Update from the BGRI Team

Given the rapidly evolving uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we are cancelling our planned technical workshop scheduled for June 1-4 at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK, along with all associated trainings prior to the workshop.

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Ronnie Coffman · 21 Mar 2020


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