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Makida Mohammed Hedda: 1970 – 2019

Makida Mohammed, 49, was a strong, vibrant farmer who was quick to adopt new tools and technologies to improve her farm's production and the lives of her family and community. She passed away Aug. 13 in Mecca.

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Bedada Girma and Tamam Milkesso Hamda · 26 Sep 2019


Researchers turn to barberry for clues to wheat disease

Like us, plants are awash with micro-organisms, some of which contribute to their overall well-being, some of which seem no more than neutral passengers, and some of which can cause disease. We refer to this last group as pathogens. Under natural conditions, plants are continually exposed to ...

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By Iago Hale and Radhika Bartaula · 24 Sep 2019


Smarter deployment of disease-resistance genes critical for safeguarding world’s food supplies

To ensure durable disease resistance in wheat, scientists must embrace a globally integrated strategy, say experts at the All India Wheat and Barley meeting in August

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Matt Hayes · 29 Aug 2019


Stem rust training course opportunity for early career wheat scientists

The course is designed for new and upcoming wheat breeders and pathologists from public and private sector in Africa, Middle East, and Central and South Asia, who wish to learn about the three rust pathogens.

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· 21 Aug 2019


WIT winner earns prestigious Borlaug award for young scientists

Hale Tufan, 2010 WIT winner, has been named the 2019 Norman E. Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application winner.

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Matt Hayes · 16 Aug 2019


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 ...

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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.

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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


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


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


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