Molecular breeding

The genome sequence of African rice (Oryza glaberrima) and evidence for independent domestication

The genome sequence of African rice - a completely different rice species than the familiar Asian variety - is reported in a paper published online this week in Nature Genetics. The genome may hold the key to developing rice that is more resistant to drought. 

Updated Trait Dictionary

An updated Trait Dictionary for Sorghum is now available for download in both English and French from the Sorghum Crop Information page on the IBP Web Portal. This version includes 29 new traits added by community members following the previous update last month.

Updated Trait Dictionaries Now Ready for Download

Improved and updated Trait Dictionaries are now available for download from the Crop Information pages of the IBP Web Portal for the following crops:

New protocol for sending leaf samples to LGC Genomics

Dear LGC Genomics users,
Many of you have encountered a problem while sending leaf disk samples to LGC Genomics using their sampling kit. In many cases, leaf samples are arriving mouldy. To avoid any frustration from both users and LGC Genomics, and after consultation with Dusty, we recommend that you follow this procedure:

Eric Wendell

There are many software available in the market that allows you to send data over a protocol. But often entounters bug during reception. However, the new MBAS software allows you to send data over TCP is now being used widely in the agricultural departments. For more information you can also look here.

posted on March 19, 2014 8:24AM

InterDrought-IV Conference – 2nd to 6th September 2013, Crown Perth, Western Australia

The InterDrought IV Conference is scheduled to be held at the Crown Perth in Western Australia from the 2nd to the 6th of September 2013. The InterDrought Conference provides a platform to discuss and debate key issues and strategies to increase crop productivity and resilience under drought conditions, with an emphasis on the plight of developing countries. Hundreds of drought responsive genes have been identified and the function of some of these has been resolved at the cellular level.

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Ndeye Ndack Diop

Dear All, thinking about where scientists from East and West Africa can get extra funding to cover the airfare and the accommodation to attend InterDrought IV, I am wondering if you can approach the EAAPP and WAAPP program officer in your respective countries to look for opportunities. 

posted on August 10, 2013 1:45PM
Barro Clarisse

Dear GCP members


I would like to apologize you for my non registration for the conference. September is the time for us to collect field data, and the staff is reduced.


Thank you a lot, good organization

posted on August 10, 2013 2:17PM

International team unravels the chickpea genome

Scientists have successfully completed the draft genome sequence of chickpeas (Cicer arietinum), reported in an article published today in Nature Biotechnology. The study also describes the genome sequence of 90 cultivated and wild chickpea genotypes from ten countries.

Preparing rice for the challenges of climate change

Researchers from the United Kingdom, United States and India, led by scientists at the University of York, are embarking on a major four-year project to develop new strains of rice that will be more resistant to extremes of climate to provide subsistence communities in India and elsewhere with more stable grain yields.

New initiatives to tackle deadly cassava diseases

Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on 9th November 2012 launched three new projects in support of efforts to develop cassava varieties resistant to Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) and Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and to establish more sustainable seed systems to enable smallholder farmers better access to such varieties:

Bunmi Olasanmi

This is a good step towards solving the problems there in Uganda. I saw the affected roots there in Uganda in June and felt sorry for the farmers. May God give us the Breeders huge breakthrough in the bids to improve cassava and grant us enabling environment to do our Science religiously.

posted on November 16, 2012 5:15AM

Making rice explosively more productive!

C-4 is a term more frequently associated with a common variety of the plastic explosive known as Composition C - valued for both its malleability and explosive power. The term may however in the not-too-distant future be more associated with immensely more productive rice varieties. A collaborative research initiative led by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), seeks to create C4 rice – rice with a built-in fuel injector to better convert sunlight into grain, potentially resulting in up to 50% higher production while using less water and nutrients.

A Field Guide to Cereal Staging

Profitable small grain production requires a thorough knowledge of crop development. When required, proper application timing of inputs such as fertilizer, plant growth regulators, herbicides and fungicides is critical to maximizing product performance, yield and profitability. Being able to properly identify the various stages of crop development can help growers know when inputs should be applied. Wheat Community member Farooq i Azam highly recommends this easy-to-use staging guide with high quality photographic images.

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