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Final external review – how did we fare?


The report of our final external review has been published. The review’s aim was to determine to what extent GCP has supported genomic research and molecular plant breeding for developing-country partners. In addition, as GCP represented a new business model for international agricultural research in CGIAR – the Challenge Programmes...

May 9, 2014 10:14am

Serious cereal addiction: blogposts on maize and rice research hit the spot


Now our blog spotlight swings to some of what’s happening in cereal research at GCP, with a closer look at the science side of two profiles recently featured in the International Women’s Day media extravaganza. Waving farewell to rice......and a warm welcome for maize from Rebecca Nelson   Serial cereal...

May 8, 2014 9:41am

Call to the wild: groundnuts collect on kinship from ‘country cousins’


In a brand-new blogpost, Vincent Vadez of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and our research leader for groundnuts in the Legumes Research Initiative, walks us through the pitfalls and pedestals groundnuts are wont to fall and rise to, making the crop something of a research...

May 8, 2014 9:04am

Cowpea research – the leaders and the science


Our recent cowpea blogposts have it all: adventure, drama…romance, even, as we share with you a legume love affair second to none. Sample this… Passion blooms bright: cowpea flower in the field Breaking barricades and a personal passion: cowpeas tap into genomics revolutionFirst, travel with us through the mists of...

May 6, 2014 2:48pm

Cassava ready for a close-up after ‘research make-over’ in Ghana


Want to know what’s 'in' in crop science this planting season? Check out our latest blogpost on the very latest in the world of cassava in Ghana, where GCP researcher and cassava style guru, Elizabeth Parkes (Crops Research Institute [CRI] of Ghana’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research [CSIR], currently...

May 5, 2014 8:46am

Continued connections with CIMMYT: John Snape and Rita Mumm on board


Our connections with our host, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT, by its Spanish acronym) continue to grow from strength to strength, even in our sunset year. We are delighted that Prof John Snape (pictured right) was recently elected Chair of the CIMMYT Board of Trustees (BoT). Prof...

April 25, 2014 10:28am

Mark your calendar: dates for final General Research Meeting, as GCP sunsets


GCP will be closing shop at the end of this year, and to assure orderly closure, tying of loose ends and smooth transition, a final General Research Meeting (GRM) will be held during the week of 1st to 6th September 2014. once the venue and detailed agenda are  determined,...

April 22, 2014 1:51pm

Arachis advances, breaking new ground: groundnut genome successfully sequenced


Early this month, an international team made a giant breakthrough in groundnut research, successfully sequencing the groundnut (Arachis hypogaea) genome. This fruitful outcome was the sum of several years of effort, multiplied by teamwork bringing together scientists from Asia, Latin America and USA. Some of the players in this illustrious...

April 14, 2014 3:41pm

Opening soon for business: workshop on crop ontology and phenotyping data


From 31st March to 4th April 2014, the Workshop on crop ontology and phenotyping data interoperability will take place in Montpellier, France. The workshop is co-organised by GCP, Bioversity International, CIRAD (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement), in partnership with France’s INRA (Institut national de la...

March 27, 2014 10:20am

Towards Tropical Legumes III – The conversation continues...


A Stakeholder consultation and planning workshop for the Tropical Legumes III Project – the proposed successor to both Tropical Legumes I and Troopical Legumes II (TLI and TLII projects) – opened its doors today in Nairobi, Kenya, at the Laico Regency Hotel. Ending on 21st March, this workshop aims to jointly refine,...

March 17, 2014 2:43pm

Inspiring change: media mix for International Women’s Day 2014


March 8th is International Women’s Day, to raise awareness on equity for women. This year’s global theme is Equality for women is progress for all, and we're also drawn to the sub-theme Inspiring change. Here at GCP, to prime the pump of inspiration, we celebrate our women science leaders who daily...

March 7, 2014 3:16pm

Synchronised symphony strikes a high note: blogpost quartet perform GCP’s signature tune on the spirit of sharing


Rallying the crop-breeding community at the IBP crossroads to cultivate change, trust and a technological transformation The Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) is GCP’s flagship initiative, being a web-based one-stop shop for information, analytical tools and related services to design and carry out integrated breeding projects. But what exactly does that...

February 27, 2014 3:15pm

Blog – Feast your eyes on videos on rice research, celebrating community life at GCP!


Hungry for news on GCP’s rice research? We highly recommend savouring the flavours expertly blended in this new kid on the blog raving about rice from Africa to Asia. The first round comes in the form of a seven-course video banquet featuring Marie-Noëlle Ndjiondjop, Principal Investigator (PI) of GCP’s Rice...

February 24, 2014 3:40pm

4th international workshop: Next-generation genomics and integrated breeding for crop improvement


In collaboration with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and other partners (India's Department of Biotechnology; the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals), GCP is organising the 4th international workshop on Next-generation genomics and integrated breeding for crop improvement...

February 18, 2014 12:48pm

Phenotyping compendium takes research beyond new Frontiers


In the pioneering spirit which has marked GCP since the outset of its adventure (see our efforts in 2008 in this self-same area), we are pleased to bring you good news on the republication in 2014 of chapters from GCP’s 2011 volume Phenotyping in crops: from theory to practice. The...

February 12, 2014 11:25am