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Malawi's bountiful harvests and healthier children - EurekAlert (press release)

Malawi's bountiful harvests and healthier children - EurekAlert (press release) | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Malawi's bountiful harvests and healthier children EurekAlert (press release) "There have been notable gains in dietary diversity and increased child health in hundreds of farm communities of Northern Malawi – a truly sustainable project." Malawi...

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Relevant for the malnutrition reduction impact, which the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat wants to achieve

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"Gains in dietary diversity and increased child health" ... but is there a causal link?

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Plant receptors with built-in decoys make pathogens betray themselves - The Sainsbury Laboratory

Plant receptors with built-in decoys make pathogens betray themselves - The Sainsbury Laboratory | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Receptors carrying built-in decoys are the latest discovery in the evolutionary battle between plants and pathogens. Decoy domains within the receptor detect pathogens and raise the cell’s alarm when there is an infection. Plants display component parts of their immune system on receptors to trick pathogens into binding with them, which then triggers defence mechanisms.... Read more »
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Pointing to new directions for research on pests and diseases?

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detail | FAO | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

detail | FAO | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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Zambia to import 75k tons wheat after 3 years of self-sufficiency. I wonder how much that costs the country and what the long-term trend with regard to self-sufficiency is going to be ...

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RustTracker.org | A Global Wheat Rust Monitoring System

RustTracker.org | A Global Wheat Rust Monitoring System | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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Keep up to date on wheat rusts with rusttracker.org!

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Africa seed index raises bigger yield hopes for farmers - BBC News

Africa seed index raises bigger yield hopes for farmers - BBC News | Wheat World | Scoop.it
An initiative called the African Seed Access Index is launched to help improve smallholder farmers' access to a wider variety of food crop seeds.
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Cornell University and Market Matters (US-based development org) launch seed sector assessments in Africa (4 countries so far). WHEAT should be able to learn from that ...
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Climate Services for smallholder Farmers Ethiopia

This documentary is part of agroweather tools for climate smart agriculture pilot project undertaken by Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research and the World Bank over Ada'a District of...
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15-min video by EIAR, Ethiopia´s national agricultural research organization, on introducing ICT tools to help farmers deal with climate change
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Nigeria moves to save N431bn from wheat imports

Nigeria moves to save N431bn from wheat imports | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Local wheat production is rising and Nigeria will achieve the 68 per cent local production target by year end, the Executive Director, Lake Chad Research Instit
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¨He added that the mandate of the value chain was to increase productivity of wheat from 2.0 tonnes per hectare in 2013 to between 5.5 and 6.0 tonnes by 2017, and the national production from the current 100,000 tonnes to 1.5 million tonnes by 2017, thereby reducing wheat importation by about 50 per cent.¨That is a tall order! WHEAT is involved via the African Development Bank-funded SARD-SC/Wheat project ...
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A Grounded Guide to Gluten: How Modern Genotypes and Processing Impact Wheat Sensitivity - Kucek - 2015 - Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety - Wiley Online Library

A Grounded Guide to Gluten: How Modern Genotypes and Processing Impact Wheat Sensitivity - Kucek - 2015 - Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety - Wiley Online Library | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Research review | How Modern Genotypes and Processing Impact Wheat Sensitivity
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¨While research has not proven causation in the increase in wheat sensitivity over the last decades, modern wheat processing may have increased exposure to immunoreactive compounds. More research is necessary to understand the influence of modern wheat cultivars on epidemiological change.¨ I am not convinced this is a top priority for R&D investment. Yield, heat and drought are higher priority.
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Helping Women And Smallholder Farmers: Kellogg Cares

Helping Women And Smallholder Farmers: Kellogg Cares | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Learn how Kellogg works to support smallholder and female farmers in developing countries – helping them adapt to climate change and grow their communities.
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A new example of corporate social responsibility - Kellogg´s - with a focus on women smallholder farmers. MasAgro and CIMMYT are mentioned.
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"A Garden of Marvels" Among Amazon's "Best Books on Science for 2014"

"A Garden of Marvels" Among Amazon's "Best Books on Science for 2014" | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Amazon's "Best Books of 2014" list just came out. I'm gratified to see A Garden of Marvels among the twenty best science books of the year.
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A pleasure to read! Features perennial wheat, mycorrizhae, photosynthesis, Rubisco and photohormones among other plant and soil life

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How To Become Gluten Intolerant

How To Become Gluten Intolerant | Wheat World | Scoop.it

I very much hope you enjoy this video, it hits the nail on the head about what's behind "gluten-free"!

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Enjoy this video, which wonderfully takes the piss on the real drivers behind 'gluten-free' ...

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Article metrics for: Rising temperatures reduce global wheat production : Nature Climate Change : Nature Publishing Group

This study[mdash]based on systematic testing of 30 different wheat crop models against field experiments[mdash]shows that many wheat models simulate yields well, but with reduced accuracy at higher temperatures. Extrapolation of the model ensemble response indicates that global wheat production will fall by 6% for each 1 [deg]C increase in temperature.
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Multi-model study finds temp impacts will come earlier and be greater

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CGIAR Research Program on WHEAT » ASARECA Boosting Wheat Productivity and Value Chains in Burundi and Rwanda

CGIAR Research Program on WHEAT » ASARECA Boosting Wheat Productivity and Value Chains in Burundi and Rwanda | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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News about the CGIAR Program on Wheat moving on 'Wheat-for-Africa' (W4A)

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SDGs ‘ignore threat of fertiliser overuse’

SDGs ‘ignore threat of fertiliser overuse’ | Wheat World | Scoop.it
This oversight could scupper the success of the majority of the SDGs, said Dann Sklarew, an environmental scientist from George Mason University, United States
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"... .This oversight could scupper the success of the majority of the SDGs, said Dann Sklarew, an environmental scientist from George Mason University." One more reason for WHEAT to invest more R&D on NUE along the nutrient lifecycle.

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Genome Biology | Abstract | A haplotype map of allohexaploid wheat reveals distinct patterns of selection on homoeologous genomes

Bread wheat is an allopolyploid species with a large, highly repetitive genome. To investigate the impact of selection on variants distributed among homoeologous wheat genomes and to build a foundation for understanding genotype-phenotype relationships, we performed population-scale re-sequencing of a diverse panel of wheat lines.
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Home | FAO | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Home | FAO | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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FAO food price watch: International wheat export prices now lower than a year ago, but Central Asian wheat flour prices at near-record: It´s all about context ...

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Welcome | IWC 2015

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WHEAT will be at the International Wheat Conference in Sept 2015, to discuss its proposal for CGIAR Phase II (2017-2026)

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FAO - News Article: New report touts agrocorridors as economic driver

FAO - News Article: New report touts agrocorridors as economic driver | Wheat World | Scoop.it
RT @FAOnews: Economic agrocorridors: potential drivers of private capital to projects benefiting smallholder farmers http://t.co/LDmrC6JKP1…
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¨... to provide a platform that enables and empowers authorities at local, national and regional levels to make more informed decisions about what they want to achieve," says FAO agribusiness economist Eva Gálvez Nogales. .... So-called economic corridors are hardly new ...¨ Indeed, though this study may draw more attention on how different players must work together to bring ag research, extension, markets and infrastructure together.
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Long-term Wimmera grain study finds tillage failing to boost wheat yields

Long-term Wimmera grain study finds tillage failing to boost wheat yields | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Long-running western Victorian study finds tillage failing to boost grain yields.
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Results of a 17-year study of the effects of tillage on wheat yield in Australia. WHEAT studies and promotes no (!) tillage as part of the so-called 3 Conservation Agriculture principles ...
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Helping Smallholder Farmers Feed The World

Helping Smallholder Farmers Feed The World | Wheat World | Scoop.it
RT @DaniNierenberg: How social entrepreneurs are investing in smallholder farms: http://t.co/vCh33HYbem @ucfoodobserver @skollworldforum ht…
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Can ¨social entrepreneurs¨do a better job than the CGIAR and its partners to help smallholder farmers? Or should they work together?
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Developing wheat for changing climate

Developing wheat for changing climate | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Scientists have investigated wheat's response to potential climate changes like higher temperatures, drier conditions and elevated carbon dioxide.
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University of Western Australia research: ¨.... In other words, the combination of the elevated CO2 and slightly higher temperature was able to reduce the negative effect of drought."
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Looking up the Nile

Looking up the Nile | Wheat World | Scoop.it
THREE characteristics define Egypt, claimed Gamal Abdel Nasser, its charismatic former president. The country is Arab and Muslim, to be sure. But the third feature,...
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Egypt is moving towards its continent again, trade-wise. Perhaps an opportunity for wheat research for development too?

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Genetically modified people

Genetically modified people | Wheat World | Scoop.it
OPPONENTS of genetically modified crops often complain that moving genes between species is unnatural. Leaving aside the fact that the whole of agriculture is...
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Transgenics in humans ... how genes from different species jumped into us!

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CGIAR Research Program on WHEAT » Web Version of 2013 Annual Report NOW Available

CGIAR Research Program on WHEAT » Web Version of 2013 Annual Report NOW Available | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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Enjoy reading!

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Scientists detail strategy for protecting wheat from climate change

Scientists detail strategy for protecting wheat from climate change | Wheat World | Scoop.it
A wheat field at the headquarters of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico. CIMMYT/Julie Mollins
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Setting up the Heat and Drought Wheat Improvement Consortium is progressing ...

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