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15
Jan

‘Unless consumers demand food produced in ways good for the environment, farmers have little incentive to adopt technologies’

How will agriculture change in the post-Covid world? Covid-19 has highlighted opportunities for improved agri-food systems – digital extension systems, increased farm mechanization, decentralized markets and improved farmgate procurement in addition to improved farmer-consumer connect and more efficient value chains. Without protection against the Read more...
15
Jan

Giving Africa’s new crop varieties a data boost digitally

To increase adoption of new improved varieties in Africa, a webinar was recently organized under the aegis of the AVISA project to familiarize seed system stakeholders with SEEDx, a mobile application developed by ICRISAT that facilitates data-driven decision making. Dr Chris Ojiewo, AVISA project Read more...
18
Dec

Brainstorming sessions on groundnut value chain innovations

Groundnut innovations with large kernels and high oleic content preferred by the confectionery industry in Bangladesh being developed in partnership with the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute was discussed during a training program that deliberated on groundnut value chain innovations. Researchers and extension staff from Read more...
11
Dec

Sorghum and millet grow money for the Mariko family

Use of improved seed triples yields, credit through warrantage system leads to big gains. Access to fertilizer is a serious constraint in Sola Bougouda, Mali. Farmers looking for hardy and resilient crops that need less fertilizer than maize have shifted to sorghum and millet. Read more...

Upcoming events

Women in Research and Science

Launch of Women in Research and Science (WIRES), an employee-led resource group at CGIAR on 21 January, 3 pm CET. To participate in the event register at https://cgiar.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hL_uKrRiSkOLbiG9AI–Xg

13th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA)

18-22 January 2021

GFFA is an international conference on agri-food policy issues. The forum is organized by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. This year’s conference is about feeding the world in times of pandemics and climate change.

To know more about GFFA, click here https://www.gffa-berlin.de/en/

Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

25-26 January 2021

The Climate Adaptation Summit is being held online this year and will be hosted by Netherlands. It convenes global leaders and local stakeholders and will see the launch of a comprehensive adaption action agenda for a world more resilient to climate change.

To know more about the summit, click here https://www.cas2021.com/

Recognition

TIGR2ESS Management recognizes ICRISAT team

Recently the TIGR2ESS management recognized its Flagship Program 2 team, led by Dr Rajeev Gupta, Principal Scientist and Theme Leader, Genomics & Trait Discovery, ICRISAT, with the following awards:

Best Journal Article: A review article (Genome-Wide Association Studies and Genomic Selection in Pearl Millet: Advances and Prospects), published in Frontiers in Genetics in February 2020 by pearl millet team led by Dr Rakesh Srivastava at ICRISAT, was well received in global community.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) of the Year: Dr Srikanth Bollam, was awarded PDRA of the year for his help in organizing TIGR2ES S general assembly (https://www.icrisat.org/interdisciplinary-research-key-to-making-indias-green-revolution-sustainable/; India-UK joint research meeting at ICRISAT - The Hindu) along with Dr Rajeev Gupta from 20-24 January 2020 at ICRISAT HQ, in addition to his regular activities. This general assembly was attended by about 100 partners from UK and India. Dr Bollam was recognized out of more than 30 PDRAs who are associated with TIGR2ESS program in UK and India.

ICRISAT alumnus awarded at UN 75th anniversary

Dr Mannava Sivakumar, President, ICRISAT Alumni Association, was invited by the International Multidisciplinary Research Foundation (IMRF) to participate in the “United Nations 75th Anniversary Dialogue on UN Goals - Quality Education - The Future”, organized as a part of “A Project of the IMRF in Honour of The United Nations Seventy Fifth Anniversary”. He made a presentation on “Quality Education – the Future” at this international webinar. On the occasion, Dr Sivakumar was presented the “Indo Pacific - John Dalton Excellence Award in Agricultural Meteorology”.

Announcement

Enhancement of local network in Patancheru office area

The Information Systems Unit (ISU) at ICRISAT, Hyderabad, recently upgraded the local internet network to 10 Gigabits Per Second (GBPS) backbone speed, a hundred times faster than the previous network operating at 100 mbps.

This enhanced network was commissioned using around 30 new hi-tech networking switches and a new 8000-meter-long, 12-core fiber. It covers all the buildings and departments with 10 GBPS backbone speed and 1 GBPS speed at desktop levels. In the new network, department-specific Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN – virtual segmentation of network) have been configured for better monitoring and traffic segmentation. The new network, which replaces obsolete switches, comes with a five-year warranty and support, and offers new configuration options. It will strengthen security and will be helpful in overcoming several IT challenges.

The ISU team led by Mr Pradyut J Modi commissioned the new network during June-August 2020 at a time of limited staff availability, and had complete support from the Director General, Assistant Director General-External Relations, Director Corporate Services, and Capital Assets Acquisition Committee (CAAC). In this, ISU was well supported by Purchase, Farm and Engineering Services, Corporate Service office and Security unit.

New publications

Tapping the economic potential of chickpea in Sub-Saharan Africa

Authors: Fikre A, Desmae H and Ahmed S

Published: Agronomy (TSI), 10 (11). pp. 1-22. ISSN 2073-4395

http://oar.icrisat.org/11683/

Exploitation of hybrid vigor for identification of promising sorghum F1 hybrid for high grain yield and resistance to sorghum midge

Authors: Hamidou M, Souleymane O, Salifou M, Ba MN, Kapran I, Gracen V, Ofori K, Yirenkyi Danquah E and Marques I

Published: International Journal of Agronomy (TSI), 2020. pp. 1-5. ISSN 1687-8159

http://oar.icrisat.org/11684/

The celery genome sequence reveals sequential paleo-polyploidizations, karyotype evolution and resistance gene reduction in apiales

Authors: Song X, Sun P, Yuan J, Gong K, Li N, Meng F, Zhang Z, Li X, Hu J, Wang J, Yang Q, Jiao B, Nie F, Liu T, Chen W, Feng S, Pei Q, Yu T, Kang X, Zhao W, Cui C, Yu Y, Wu T, Shan L, Liu M, Qin Z, Lin H, Varshney RK, Li XQ, Paterson AH and Wang X

Published: Plant Biotechnology Journal (TSI). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1467-7644

http://oar.icrisat.org/11685/

Conventional and molecular breeding approaches for biofortification of pearl millet

Authors: Govindaraj M, Yadav OP, Srivastava RK and Gupta SK

Published: In: Quality Breeding in Field Crops. Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 85-107. ISBN 978-3-030-04608-8

http://oar.icrisat.org/11686/

Culm strength: key trait to identify lodging tolerant genotypes in pearl millet

Authors: Gupta SK, Shaikh CG, Ponnaiah G, Kalleshappa CC, Kholova J, Jayalekha AK and Verma YS

Published: In: 16th ROME International Conference on Advances in Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Sciences (RAABE-20), Feb. 3-5, 2020, Rome, Italy

http://oar.icrisat.org/11687/

Small RNA sequencing reveals the role of pearl millet miRNAs and their targets in salinity stress responses

Authors: Shinde H, Dudhate A, Anand L, Tsugama D, Gupta SK, Liu S and Takano T

Published: South African Journal of Botany (TSI), 132. pp. 395-402. ISSN 0254-6299

http://oar.icrisat.org/11688

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