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Even a single species of bacteria can positively affect soils and plants

Even a single species of bacteria can positively affect soils and plants | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Microbes deep in the soil influence plant health by releasing potent natural antibiotics such as PCA (phenazine-1-carboxylic acid). PCA-producing bacteria thrive on roots of dryland wheat throughout the Columbia Plateau, a major wheat-producing region in central Washington and Oregon, but their role in this important ecosystem was something of a mystery. Now the work of an international team of scientists provides direct evidence for the first time that these bacteria affect not only the wheat, but the soil around it.
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Drought tolerance AND soil health: PCA-bacteria on rainfed wheat (West USA)
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Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world'

Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world' | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Researchers are set to develop higher yield wheat varieties requiring less water after making a gene map.
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Wheat gene map, gene editing and food security
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Nitrous oxide (N2O) flux responds exponentially to nitrogen fertilizer in irrigated wheat in the Yaqui Valley, Mexico - ScienceDirect

Nitrous oxide (N2O) flux responds exponentially to nitrogen fertilizer in irrigated wheat in the Yaqui Valley, Mexico - ScienceDirect | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Insofar as fertilizer use in Yaqui Valley is likely similar to high-productivity irrigated cereal systems elsewhere, our results provide evidence for a global triple-win scenario: large reductions in agricultural GHG emissions, increased farmer income, and continued high productivity.
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" ... our results (relevant to many high productivity irrigated cereal systems) provide evidence for a global triple-win scenario: large reductions in agricultural GHG emissions, increased farmer income, and continued high productivity."
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African youth find entrepreneurial opportunity in agricultural mechanization | CIMMYT. International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

African youth find entrepreneurial opportunity in agricultural mechanization | CIMMYT. International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center | Wheat World | Scoop.it
After receiving training from CIMMYT, this group of young men started a small business offering mechanized agricultural services to smallholder farmers near
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" ... being a successful service provider is highly correlated to being young" across all countries where CIMMYT is engaged in R4D on appropriate-scale mechanization.
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Plants feel the heat

Plants feel the heat | Wheat World | Scoop.it
it is vital that genes and genetic backgrounds that confer increased resilience to heat stress are identified: "Many of the crops being grown around the world today are already being grown at the top of their comfort zone in terms of temperature
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'Vital that genes and genetic backgrounds that confer increased resilience to heat stress are identified: "Many of the crops being grown around the world today are already being grown at the top of their comfort zone in terms of temperature."
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How changing the world's food systems can help to protect the planet

How changing the world's food systems can help to protect the planet | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Food systems must be transformed to produce more nutritious food with a lower environmental footprint.
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Article about changing food systems featuring use of Greenseeker by Mexican wheat farmers
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Student Research Topics | CIMMYT Academy

Student Research Topics | CIMMYT Academy | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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Check out Research topics available at CIMMYT for visiting students, interns
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The Breakthrough Institute - With the Grain

The Breakthrough Institute - With the Grain | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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Historian provides perspective on role of cereals for food security and beyond
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Coarse grains better than rice for health, environment - SciDev.Net South-East Asia & Pacific

Coarse grains better than rice for health, environment - SciDev.Net South-East Asia & Pacific | Wheat World | Scoop.it
hat nutrient deficiencies were found less in the wheat-eating northern and western areas of the country than in the south and east, where rice is the staple food
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India: Nutrient deficiencies were found less in wheat-eating northern and western areas than in the rice-eating south and east. One step towards affordable diversified diets?
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Nigeria hopes high tariffs will make it grow more rice

Farmers and millers are happy. So are smugglers
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Nigeria: As for wheat, so for rice: Gov support to expand area grown, but yields are not going up. Something wrong with the enabling environment?
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Young women scientists who will galvanize global wheat research | CIMMYT. International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Young women scientists who will galvanize global wheat research | CIMMYT. International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Winners of the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career Award joined an on-going wheat research training course organized by CIMMYT.
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the next generation of female! wheat scientists
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Introducing Future Seeds - YouTube

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Great CIAT video on the 'secret of plants' and why we need to discover them
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SeedVault - Seed Portal of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault - hosted by NordGen

SeedVault - Seed Portal of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault - hosted by NordGen | Wheat World | Scoop.it
SGSV data portal
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CIMMYT is largest depositor of seeds in Svalbard: 158,218 accessions!
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Breaking Ground: Santiago López-Ridaura supports farmers facing tough decisions | CIMMYT. International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Breaking Ground: Santiago López-Ridaura supports farmers facing tough decisions | CIMMYT. International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Farmers frequently encounter trade-offs between maximizing short-term profits and ensuring sustainable, long-term production. Santiago López-Ridaura, a senior
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Story about farmer-oriented trade offs modelling
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The impact of rising carbon dioxide levels on crop nutrients and human health :: IFPRI Publications

The impact of rising carbon dioxide levels on crop nutrients and human health :: IFPRI Publications | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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More CO2, less nutrients in crops: " ... most susceptible regions would be those with large populations on the brink of nutritional deficiencies who are also high consumers of wheat and rice: India and South Asia, Southeast Asia, China, and the Middle East and North Africa."
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Fiesta de sabores y colores en la III Feria de Agrobiodiversidad e Intercambio de Semillas de Guatemala – SIP | LATAM

Fiesta de sabores y colores en la III Feria de Agrobiodiversidad e Intercambio de Semillas de Guatemala – SIP | LATAM | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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Germplasm exchange small-scale and bottom-up. Germplasm exchange at int'l and other levels is critical for research, business development and civil society.
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Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world'

Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world' | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Researchers are set to develop higher yield wheat varieties requiring less water after making a gene map.
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Great example of international collaboration in wheat research
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Wheat—the cereal abandoned by GM

Wheat—the cereal abandoned by GM | Wheat World | Scoop.it

The sudden appearance of crop diseases can cause an irreparable economic shock, particularly to smallholder farmers in developing countries. Wheat blast, for example, is a devastating fungal disease from South America, which emerged in Bangladesh in 2016 ([ 1 ][1]). It is currently controlled by quarantine but could easily spread to other wheat-growing areas, which could threaten food security. 

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Scientists argue for GM wheat research to tackle diseases, blast in particular
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Call for nominees for the 2018 Maize-Asia Youth Innovators Awards » CGIAR Research Program on MAIZE

Call for nominees for the 2018 Maize-Asia Youth Innovators Awards » CGIAR Research Program on MAIZE | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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1st MAIZE Youth Innovators Award, deadline 20th Aug! Not yet wheat, but maybe coming soon!
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Forests: The greenest pastures?

Forests: The greenest pastures? | Wheat World | Scoop.it
New findings on a secret to upping crop production without depleting soil of nutrients
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Bringing forests, livestock and wheat-based cropping systems together: Sustainable intensification!
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Building a mountain with tiny grains… of wheat | Lancaster Environment Centre | Lancaster University

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Why Africa’s poor pay high prices - Overpriced

Why Africa’s poor pay high prices - Overpriced | Wheat World | Scoop.it
“WE FEEL so hungry,” says Agatha Khasiala, a Kenyan housekeeper, grumbling about the price of meat and fish. She has recently moved in with her daughter because “the cost of everything is very high”. The data back her up.
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Food prices in Africa: Relatively and absolutely too high. The case for increased farm productivity?
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Spaghetti smugglers of the Sahara - Tuaregs and tagliatelle

Spaghetti smugglers of the Sahara - Tuaregs and tagliatelle | Wheat World | Scoop.it
THE shifting sands of the Sahara have long been crossed by trade and smuggling routes. Traffickers send people and drugs north over the desert. But they have a problem: what to put in the empty trucks going back? The answer—pasta.
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Pasta may be the most smuggled product crossing the Sahara. But it's not durum farmers that benefit from this kind of income ...
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The wheat and nutrition series : a compilation of studies on wheat and health

The wheat and nutrition series : a compilation of studies on wheat and health | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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Great compilation of research on wheat & nutrition and health
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India's Wheat Imports Seen Surging 40% on Winter Crop Stress - Bloomberg

India's Wheat Imports Seen Surging 40% on Winter Crop Stress - Bloomberg | Wheat World | Scoop.it
India’s wheat imports are set to surge as lower plantings and poor rain threaten output in the world’s biggest grower after China.
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Will India wheat import growth trend continue? Underlying factors seem to be long-term
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