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One small release for IBP – one giant leap for the Breeding Management System


We are delighted to announce a momentous event that took place last month: the release of the Breeding Management System (BMS) version 2.0 by our Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) team. BMS v2.0 features improvements in data processing and decision-making, plus a user-friendly design, and is the product of a joint...

February 10, 2014 2:40pm

Preparing for IBP Phase II, and for GCP’s sunset


In preparation for Phase II of the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) which will outlive GCP, the Transition Taskforce will reconvene from 25th to 27th February 2014 in Paris, France. The meeting’s main purpose is twofold: to evaluate bids for hosting IBP; and, to make recommendations on the governance, management and...

January 22, 2014 6:28pm

On genomics: GCP workshop at PAG XXII


As is the custom, GCP will host a workshop at the annual International Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG XXII), which this year opens its doors tomorrow, 11th January, in San Diego, California, USA. Details for the GCP workshop: Generation Challenge Programme #2150 Date: Monday, 13th January 2014 12:50 pm–3:00...

January 10, 2014 1:09pm

From harmonious endings to new beginnings: IBP seeking Host Institution


The CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) wishes to invite interested and qualified institutions to make a Formal Offer to host the headquarters of its Integrated Breeding Platform, a web-based one-stop shop where crop breeders can: access purpose-built informatics tools and databases to manage a plant-breeding programme; obtain essential crop-breeding...

December 4, 2013 11:34am

Online course – The age of sustainable development


Offered by Columbia University, USA, this free online course starts on January 21st 2014, and will be taught through one-hour lecture videos, requring a time commitment of 5–7 hours per week, spread over a 14-week period. It is open to all interested students. The course provides an introduction to the...

December 3, 2013 1:20pm

Dialogues on drought and agriculture


  From where we sit, 2013 has been an active year on how to combat drought in agriculture. The GCP community and others were certainly out in force this year, discussing and comparing notes on this fickle and flighty yet pernicious and persistent problem. We’ve attempted to capture some of...

November 25, 2013 4:51pm

Wheat examined: Crucial questions, with answers from Richard Trethowan on video


  The reasons to invest in wheat research are manifold, as recounted by Richard Trethowan in a brand-new six-part Q&A video series on wheat research at GCP. Richard, who is GCP’s Product Delivery Coordinator for wheat, Professor of Plant Breeding and Director of the Watson Grains Research Center at the...

November 20, 2013 12:01pm

IBP finishes the year with fresh faces


    GCP is pleased to announce the addition of two new people to the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) staff team:   Shawn Yarnes Shawn Yarnes is the Genotyping Support Service (GSS) Scientist, effective 11th November, from her base in Davis, California, USA. She will be managing GSS projects for...

November 20, 2013 11:44am

GRM 2013: G is for good, great, grand, gorgeous… and yes, also gala, glamorous and glittering!


  It seemed the GCP General Research Meeting (GRM) this year was all these, and more…it was fruitful, with fertile ground for ideas, fun, and over-flowing with GCP spirit! 135 participants from 35 countries shared ideas, thoughts, concerns, a few laughs and a refreshing beverage or two over the four...

November 11, 2013 11:44am

A focus on drought: Ongoing conference and forthcoming e-book


  Besides sponsorship, GCP is participating in the ongoing InterDroughtIV Conference in Perth, Australia, which ends today. The conference was from 2nd to 6th September. Our Director, Jean-Marcel Ribaut (profile, blogpost), made the keynote address. You can access his presentation on SlideShare, or below this post. Just as in our...

September 6, 2013 10:50am

New vacancy: IBWS Scientific Manager


We are recruiting for an IBWS Scientific Manager for our Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP). Closing date for applications: August 30 2013. <<More>>...

August 12, 2013 9:34am

Vacancies: Genotyping Support Service Scientist & Communications Officer


  For our Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP), we are recruiting for a Genotyping Support Service Scientist, and a Communications Officer. Further details  ...

July 31, 2013 3:47pm

Vacancy: Communications Officer


We are recruiting for a Communications Officer for our Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP). Closing date for applications: August 16 2013. <<More>>...

July 25, 2013 4:44pm

Changes in staff and Product Delivery Coordinators


  We are very pleased to announce that Ousmane Boukar (pictured, profile here), of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), has accepted the position of Product Delivery Coordinator (PDC) for GCP cowpea projects in the Legumes Research Initiative. Phil Roberts of the University of California, Riverside, USA, has been...

July 22, 2013 1:08pm

Groundnuts, good news, genomics and God


  What could possibly tie these four together? Find out from Part 4 of our video series on groundnuts, where Soraya Leal-Bertioli (EMPBRAPA, Brazil) says "...that hadn't happened for the last....God knows when!" She brings good news on dramatically rapid variety release to farmers: genomics-powered acceleration in groundnut breeding slashes...

July 12, 2013 2:24pm