Other web sites and resources of interest

CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme

Created by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in 2003 as a time-bound 10-year Programme, the mission of the CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) is to use genetic diversity and advanced plant science to improve crops by adding value to breeding for drought-prone and harsh environments. This is achieved through a network of more than 200 partners drawn from CGIAR Centres, academia, regional and country research programmes, and capacity enhancement to assist developing-world researchers to tap into a broader and richer pool of plant genetic diversity. In this way, GCP strives to ensure that crops improved by cutting-edge research will reach farmers in the developing world. In Phase I (2004–2008), GCP worked on 18 crops, while in Phase II (2009–2013), the main focus is on improving seven key crops for drought-tolerance.

CGIAR - Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

The CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for sustainable development with the funders of this work. The funders include developing and industrialized country governments, foundations, and international and regional organizations. The work they support is carried out by 15 members of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers, in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector.


GIPB - Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building

The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB) is a multi-party initiative of knowledge institutions around the world that have a track record in supporting agricultural research and development, working in partnership with country programmes committed to developing stronger and effective plant breeding capacity. As a partnership of stakeholders from the public, private and civil society sectors, the initiative is aimed at catalyzing and supporting national, regional and global action among relevant international organizations, foundations, universities and research institutes, corporate and business sector, civil society associations, and national and regional bodies.

CIMMYT - International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

CIMMYT is a non-profit research and training center headquartered in Mexico. (The abbreviation "CIMMYT" derives from the Spanish version of the Center's name: Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo). The mission of CIMMYT is to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems to ensure global food security and reduce poverty. The Center works with and brings together public research and extension organizations, private companies, advanced research institutes, NGOs, and farmer associations in countries worldwide, working pragmatically and apolitically to fight hunger and poverty. It applies the best science to develop and freely share high-yielding, stress tolerant maize and wheat varieties; large, unique collections of maize and wheat genetic resources; productivity-enhancing, resource-conserving farming practices; and training and information relating to all these.


ICRISAT - International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid or dryland tropics has over 2 billion people, and 644 million of these are the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower these poor people to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded environment through better agriculture. Headquartered in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, with two regional hubs and four country offices in sub-Saharan Africa, ICRISAT is a member of theCGIAR. The Institute conducts research on five highly nutritious, drought-tolerant crops – chickpea, pigeonpea, pearl millet, sorghum and groundnut. It develops information and methodology for sustainable management of semi-arid tropic (SAT) agricultural systems.

IRRI - International Rice Research Institute

IRRI is a nonprofit independent research and training organization which is part of the CGIAR, with a mission to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure environmental sustainability through collaborative research, partnerships, and the strengthening of national agricultural research and extension systems. IRRI develops new rice varieties and rice crop management techniques that help rice farmers improve the yield and quality of their rice in an environmentally sustainable way. The Institute works with public and private sector partners in national agricultural research and extension systems in major rice-growing countries to do research, training, and knowledge transfer. Its social and economic research also informs governments to help them formulate policy to improve the equitable supply of rice.

IITA - International Institute for Tropical Agriculture

Founded in 1967, IITA works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture while finding solutions to hunger, malnutrition and poverty in the tropical countries of Africa. The Institute's focus crops are cowpea, soybean, banana/plantain, yam, cassava and maize. IITA works with research, development and extension actors ( farmers’ organisations, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, and government agencies) to deliver research outputs that positively impact development.

CIAT - International Centre for Tropical Agriculture

CIAT is a not-for-profit organisation that has been working with smallholders tp grow more food and earn more money for 40 years since its establishment on in 1970 as one of the four original research centers in the CGIAR. CIAT, who acronym is derived from its Spanish name Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical, now works in more than 50 countries worldwide, focusing on scientific solutions to hunger in the tropics. The Centre's focus crops are beans, forages, cassava, rice and tropical fruits.


Bioversity International

Bioversity, a member centre of the CGIAR,  undertakes, encourages and supports research aimed at enhancing the sustainable use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity to the world's most vulnerable communities through better nutrition, especially in developing countries; sustainable farming practices, to secure our future food supplies; and conservation and use, to ensure that everyone can grow the food they need. Bioversity works closely with UN Agencies such as FAO, IFAD and WFP.  and hosts some system-wide activities on behalf of the CGIAR.

ICARDA - International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas

ICARDA's works on improved livelihoods of the resource-poor in the dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through research and partnerships to achieve sustainable increases in agricultural productivity and income, while ensuring the efficient and more equitable use and conservation of natural resources. The Centre has a global mandate for the improvement of barley, lentil and faba bean and serves the non-tropical dry areas for the improvement of on-farm water-use efficiency, rangeland and small-ruminant production. In the Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region, ICARDA contributes to the improvement of bread and durum wheats, kabuli chickpea, pasture and forage legumes and associated farming systems. It also works on improved land management, diversification of production systems, and value-added crop and livestock products. Social, economic and policy research is an integral component of ICARDA's research to better target poverty and to enhance the uptake and maximize impact of the research outputs.

Global Crop Diversity Trust

The Global Crop Diversity Trust is a global response to the urgent and chronic funding shortages that threaten the loss of crop diversity, the very building blocks on which adaptive and productive agriculture depends . The Trust is supporting the development of a set of conservation strategies collaboratively produced by experts in the plant genetic resources community. The strategies outline the key components necessary for efficient and effective conservation and use of critically important food crop diversity. It is a unique public-private partnership raising funds from individual, corporate and government donors to establish an endowment fund that will provide complete and continuous funding for key crop collections, in eternity. In line with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources and the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the goal is to advance an efficient and sustainable global system of ex situ conservation by promoting the rescue, understanding, use and long-term conservation of valuable plant genetic resources. This process brings together genebank managers, researchers, and other experts on plant genetic resources from developing and developed countries.

The iPlant Collaborative

iPlant is a community of researchers, educators, and students working to enrich all plant sciences through the development of cyberinfrastructure - the physical computing resources, collaborative environment, virtual machine resources, and interoperable analysis software and data services– that are essential components of modern biology. The iPlant Collaborative, supported by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), enables transformative research through the use of a unified cyberinfrastructure. It fosters a new generation of biologists equipped to harness rapidly expanding computational techniques and growing data sets to address the Grand Challenges of plant biology.While tools and cyberinfrastructure are the physical deliverables that iPlant creates, the most important resource iPlant depends upon is community input. iPlant Collaborative hosts the Integrated Breeding Platform, and will in time also host the web-based Integrated Breeding Configurable Workflow System of the Platform.


My-Plant.org is a social networking community for plant biologists, educators and other parties interested  in coming together to share information and research, collaborate, and stay on top of the latest developments in plant science. Part of the iPlant Collaborative, My-Plant.org is a key part of the community outreach, education and collaboration goals of the iPlant project. The My-Plant network is organized based on the phylogeny of plants so that users can easily gather around clades of interest related to various species and groups of species. As such, members and visitors can browse the network and follow the relationships between clades to discover new communities and develop collaborations related to their own work. My-Plant.org also provides integrations and links into other sites, tools and repositories of information both within iPlant and across the community as a whole. This includes connecting users to the iPlant Discovery Environment, the NCBI Taxonomic Database, the Tree of Life web project, TreeBASE, and the Encyclopedia of Life.

Texas Advanced Compiting Center

Computational science has become the third pillar of scientific discovery, complementing theory and physical experimentation, allowing scientists to explore phenomenon that are too big, too small, too fast, or too dangerous to investigate in the laboratory. The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the leading centers of computational excellence in the United States. The center's mission is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. To fulfill this mission, TACC identifies, evaluates, deploys, and supports powerful computing, visualization, and storage systems and software. TACC staff help researchers and educators use these technologies effectively, and conduct research and development to make these technologies more powerful, more reliable, and easier to use. TACC staff also help encourage, educate, and train the next generation of researchers, empowering them to make discoveries that change the world.The Center operates several of the most powerful supercomputers and visualization systems in the world, and the network and data storage infrastructure to support them. Thousands of researchers each year use the computing resources available at TACC to forecast weather and environmental disasters, produce whole-Earth simulations of plate tectonics, and perform other important research.

Sequilab Research Portal

Sequilab is a leap forward for genetic researchers using online bioinformatics tools. Sequilab is home to a rapidly growing community of researchers working with sequence data, with a wet lab focus, across the breadth of the life sciences field. The Sequilab research portal presents a simple, seamlessly-integrated interface that combines sequence analysis and manipulation, lab work management (custom notes and projects), and a personal work space with access to social media, personal profiles, community collaboration, as well as information on news, careers, and upcoming conferences. All research on Sequilab can be saved for later use, modified as the research focus changes, printed for sharing with peers, and is accessible via the web from home or on the go. It is also iPhone and Android compatible! The portal is free and can be accessed at http://www.sequilab.org.

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