Integrated Breeding Multi-Year Course continues in 2014

The Integrated Breeding Multi-Year Course (IB-MYC) is designed to promote and enable the adoption of modern molecular breeding strategies and breeding informatics tools to facilitate the management of breeding programmes in developing countries. Continue reading


Next generation genomics for crop improvement: thirty-seven presentations available online

ICRISAT held the 4th International Workshop on Next Generation Genomics and Integrated Breeding for Crop Improvement (NGGIBCI-2014) at its headquarters from 19 – 21 February 2014.

The three-day event exhibited 37 high quality presentations across twelve scientific sessions covering next generation genomics, novel mapping approaches and QTLs, sequence to phenotype, genomics-assisted breeding, integrated breeding, breeding for target environments, genomic selection, decision support platforms for breeding, and new horizons for crop improvement.  Continue reading


IRRI presents 44 new and improved rice varieties

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its partners released forty-four new and improved rice varieties in 2013. 21 of these were released in the Philippines, six in Bangladesh, five in Myanmar, three in Nigeria, two in Tanzania, two in India, and one each in Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mozambique and Rwanda. Continue reading

IBP Community Podcast

The IBP initiates a podcast series with this first episode where Dr Jean-Marcel Ribaut, GCP Director and Chair of the IBP Leadership Team, comments on how the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) has evolved since inception, on the recent release of a new version of its core suite of tools – the Breeding Management System – and on what the user community can look forward to in 2014. Continue reading

IBP Team launches version 2.0 of the Breeding Management System

On Friday, January 31, 2014, the IBP Team released a new and

improved version of the Breeding Management System (BMS – formerly known as the Integrated Breeding Workflow System). Continue reading

Planning for Phase II of the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP)

Planning for Phase II of the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) initiative is proceeding apace. The initiative will survive the pre-planned closure of the Generation Challenge Programme at the end of this year, and ongoing activities to secure this include the following: Continue reading

Pre-announcement of the 2nd Call of the European Research Area-Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences Initiative

The ERA-NET Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences (ERA-CAPS) will issue its second Transnational Call for Proposals for Collaborative Research Projects on January 14th, 2014. The Call Notice will be published at and respective sources of information. The purpose of this pre-announcement is to enable interested parties to build their consortia and start preparing their proposals. Continue reading

Calling for bids to host the Integrated Breeding Platform

The CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) wishes to invite interested and qualified institutions and organisations to make a formal offer to host the headquarters of the Integrated Breeding Platform. Continue reading

Ordenan suspender siembra y comercialización de maíz transgénico en México

Antecedentes: En México se ha aprobado la siembra experimental y piloto de maíz genéticamente modificado, aunque se han presentado solicitudes de siembra comercial. Continue reading

New Initiative to develop heat-tolerant, high-yielding wheat varieties to tackle climate change

A new multi-institutional initiative focused on developing wheat varieties that are resilient to the warming effects of climate change has been launched. Continue reading

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