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Biodiversity & Crop Improvement

Promoting rust-resistant wheat varieties to small holder farmers in Ethiopia

The biodiversity and crop improvement research program conserves and uses agrobiodiversity through our gene banks to develop new germplasm that enhance climate change adaptation. Advances in crop science make dryland food production systems more efficient – and more resistant to pressures from drought, extremes of cold and heat, unpredictable rainfall, and new pests and disease.

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Using non-GM molecular breeding techniques, ICARDA’s scientists developed a set of durum wheat varieties that can withstand up to 40°C heat along the Senegal River basin. The project was supported by the Swedish Research Council.
The award recognizes gene bank managers from CGIAR for their life-time achievement.