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Drones that target crops for improvement

“We can assess hundreds of trials on the basis of no more than one overview,” said Michael Gómez Selvaraj, crop physiologist with CIAT’s Agrobiodivers Read more...

Integrated pest management extension campaign launched in Vietnam

Phu Yen province in Vietnam launched an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) extension campaign for cassava on March 12th, leading the campaign in Vietnam Read more...

The end of a life dedicated to making bean diversity available for humanity

CIAT mourns the loss of research assistant Orlando Toro-Chica, whose death on 22 January has deprived the Center’s Genetic Resources Program of a frie Read more...

Mapping cassava beyond deception

If you know what a lanceolate is, then this blog post is probably not for you. You probably also know what ovoids and elliptics are as well. If you’re Read more...

An African grass comes home for good – Part 2: Biodiversity to the rescue

Of all the efforts now underway to incorporate improved Brachiaria grass into Africa’s mixed farming (see part 1 in this blog series), the biggest and Read more...

An African grass comes home for good – Part 1: Adding value to biodiversity

Ask any non-African what they usually associate with this continent – at least when a crisis like the current Ebola outbreak isn’t capturing everyone’ Read more...

A notorious lineup

A group of curious observers peer into two translucent bottles lined up on a wall. Labeled “Green lacewing”, the beneficial insects inside – a vital a Read more...

CIAT regrets the passing of bean breeder Hubert Bannerot

The CIAT community deeply regrets the passing of renowned bean breeder Hubert Bannerot, who first became a close friend of the Center’s in the 1980s, Read more...

Hot off the press: new cassava reference manual for Asia

The new cassava reference manual, “Sustainable Soil and Crop Management of Cassava in Asia”, by CIAT Emeritus Reinhardt Howeler, is now available from Read more...

Michigan State University and CIAT train partners in East Africa in bean root rot disease

Bean root rot disease is the major constraint in most bean production areas which occurs mainly due to improper crop rotations and less fertile soils. Read more...

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  • Reinhardt Howeler: Thanks, Keith. It was a pleasure writing this book as it brought back so many good memories of working with cassava, both in Latin America and in Asia. I was lucky that the Nippon Foundation suggested that I write this book and financed its publication. They also wanted a simplified version for farmers and extension workers that could be translated into various languages. The English version of this new book is now going to press in Hanoi, while the Khmer and Vietnamese translations are also ready for printing and the Thai and Chinese translations are still being worked on. In case you are interested in the English version, let me know. My email address is still And let me know where you are working now and what you are doing. Reinhardt
  • Peter de Vroome: Great invention! Could be very usefull in our research in fast detecting CFSD in our planting material. Is this kit already for sale? Peter de Vroome phytopathologist Centre for Agricultural Research in Suriname (C.E.L.O.S.)
  • German-funded research on climate-smart crop-livestock systemsSupport CIAT: […] Written by: Angela Fernando […]
  • Keith Fuglie: An impressive publication! Reinhardt Howeler has done an incredible job of summarizing lessons from nearly 30 years of work on cassava improvement in Asia. This very successful collaboration between CIAT and national research programs demonstrates what can be achieved through modest but persistent investment in agricultural research, even with a relatively neglected crop grown primarily by poor farm families in marginal environments.
  • Unraveling the genetic secrets of the insect ve...: […] Jeff Stuart, an insect molecular geneticist from Purdue University, USA, is bringing new ideas to unravel the genetic secrets of insect vectors of crop virus diseases (RT @CGIAR: News: Unraveling the genetic secrets of the insect vectors of crop virus...  […]
  • Kellan: i am also working on ppd on cassava. can you please help me find find a suitable protocol to analyse ppd.
  • ALI SALEM IBRAHIM: Hi we looking to start collaborations with ciat center if it,s possible.
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