Innovation Lab 2016 Annual Meeting

CIMMYT, El Batán, Mexico, August 1-2,2016


 Meeting Agenda



Communications UpdateHaley Ahlers

Project OverviewJesse Poland

CIMMYT OverviewRavi Singh

Bangladesh UpdateMohkles Rahman

CIMMYT-Obregon UpdateSuchismita Mondal

CIMMYT UpdateSusanne Dreisigacker

Genomic PredictionJose Crossa Hiriart

USAID-FTF OverviewVern Long

Dataverse UpdateKate Dreher

CIMMYT Remote SensingFrancisco Pinto & Matthew Reynolds

UAV PhenotypingDaljit Singh

New Technologies Quicken Development of Climate-resilient Wheat in South Asia

Crippling climate changes, coupled with a growing population, threaten food security, economic welfare and social harmony in South Asia—a region heavily dependent on wheat for its nutrition and income. But in the race to fight hunger, the development of new wheat varieties that can withstand harsh growing conditions is severely hindered by traditionally laborious and time-consuming breeding processes. Read full article in Feed the Future September newsletter.

BISA Promotes Wheat Phenotyping Technologies

The Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) is taking advantage of new technological advances in phenotyping that have the potential to increase wheat yields, measure field data more efficiently and save farmers time and labor. Phenotyping involves measuring the observable traits of crops, a process that can be long and tedious for wheat breeders who walk through fields collecting data on individual plants. Uttam Kumar, associate scientist with CIMMYT's Global Wheat Program, is testing several phenotyping innovations in collaboration with Jesse Polland, assistant breeder, and Daljit Singh, Ph.D. student, both from Kansas State University (KSU), in an effort to adapt new technologies to the specific needs of breeders in South Asia and make phenotyping wheat faster and more efficient. Read the story here.