Borlaug Global Rust Initiative

Borlaug Global Rust Initiative We are an international community of hunger fighters committed to sharing knowledge, training the next generation of scientists and engaging with farmers for a prosperous and wheat-secure world.

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI), founded by the late Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, was established as an outcome of the May 2005 Expert Panel report on wheat stem rust race Ug99 in Kenya and Ethiopia and its potential impact in neighboring regions and beyond. The BGRI has the overarching objective of systematically reducing the world’s vulnerability to stem, yellow, and leaf rusts of wheat and facilitating the development of a sustainable international system to contain the threat of wheat rusts and continue the enhancements in productivity required to withstand future global threats to wheat. The Charter of the BGRI calls for an Executive Committee (see below for current members), and a general membership comprised of all organizations wishing to participate. The BGRI Secretariat is located at Cornell University:

BGRI Secretariat
Office of International Programs
34 Warren Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Congratulations to Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted of Trinidad and Tobago and Denmark for her achievement in winning ...
05/11/2021

Congratulations to Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted of Trinidad and Tobago and Denmark for her achievement in winning the 2021 World Food Prize! Dr. Thilsted is a trailblazer in the field of
nutrition and food through her work creating nutritionally and culturally sensitive practices in aquaculture. She is continuing Norman Borlaug's legacy of a food security for all. World Food Prize Foundation #FoodPrize21

Congratulations to Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted of Trinidad and Tobago and Denmark, the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate! #FoodPrize21

2021 WIT winner Batiseba Tembo from Zambia is a plant breeder in the Ministry of Agriculture in the Zambia Agricultural ...
05/07/2021
BGRI announces 2021 Women in Triticum award winners - BGRI

2021 WIT winner Batiseba Tembo from Zambia is a plant breeder in the Ministry of Agriculture in the Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI). Her discovery of wheat blast during the 2017/18 rainy season in Zambia was the first time the disease was observed in Africa. Currently, she is evaluating wheat germplasm to identify sources of resistance to wheat blast that could be used in the breeding program. Discover more: https://bit.ly/WIT2021awards

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative is thrilled to announce the 2021 Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career and Mentor awardees honoring wheat scientists working to protect food security

2021 WIT winner Ellie Taagen from the United States is Ph.D. candidate in plant breeding at Cornell's College of Agricul...
05/06/2021

2021 WIT winner Ellie Taagen from the United States is Ph.D. candidate in plant breeding at Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. As a quantitative geneticist, Taagen explores relationships between recombination variation and desirable phenotypes. Using wheat as a model, her dissertation research is focused on the biological constraints of meiotic recombination in a plant breeding context, and the potential to modify recombination to enhance genetic gain. Discover more: https://bit.ly/WIT2021awards

2021 WIT winner Ellie Taagen from the United States is Ph.D. candidate in plant breeding at Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. As a quantitative geneticist, Taagen explores relationships between recombination variation and desirable phenotypes. Using wheat as a model, her dissertation research is focused on the biological constraints of meiotic recombination in a plant breeding context, and the potential to modify recombination to enhance genetic gain. Discover more: https://bit.ly/WIT2021awards

2021 WIT winner Mehnaz from Pakistan involved in wheat and barley germplasm enhancement with a strong focus on resistanc...
05/05/2021
BGRI announces 2021 Women in Triticum award winners - BGRI

2021 WIT winner Mehnaz from Pakistan involved in wheat and barley germplasm enhancement with a strong focus on resistance breeding applying various traditional and molecular approaches. Discover more: https://bit.ly/WIT2021awards

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative is thrilled to announce the 2021 Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career and Mentor awardees honoring wheat scientists working to protect food security

2021 WIT Early Career Award winner Reem Joukhadar, from Syria, is a research scientist within the computational biology ...
05/04/2021
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2021 WIT Early Career Award winner Reem Joukhadar, from Syria, is a research scientist within the computational biology group at Agriculture Victoria in Australia. Her current research focus is developing wheat cultivars with high grain yield, nutritional value, and ability to withstand future climate challenges using advanced molecular and computational tools. Discover more: https://bit.ly/WIT2021awards

We are an international community of hunger fighters committed to sharing knowledge,training the next generation of scientists and engaging withfarmers for a prosperous and wheat-secure world.

All this week we are highlighting our 2021 Women in Triticum (WIT) winners. We are proud to recognize Elina Adhikari fro...
05/03/2021
BGRI announces 2021 Women in Triticum award winners - BGRI

All this week we are highlighting our 2021 Women in Triticum (WIT) winners. We are proud to recognize Elina Adhikari from Nepal, a plant geneticist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison whose current research is to conduct genetic mapping and develop methods for optimizing genetic gain through plant breeding. Discover more: https://bit.ly/WIT2021awards

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative is thrilled to announce the 2021 Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career and Mentor awardees honoring wheat scientists working to protect food security

The newest Women in Triticum (WIT) award winners join an incredible group of scientists working for a food-secure world....
05/02/2021
BGRI announces 2021 Women in Triticum award winners - BGRI

The newest Women in Triticum (WIT) award winners join an incredible group of scientists working for a food-secure world.

Comment below if you recognize any these 60 inspiring women scientists from 25 countries. And discover more about our 2021 WIT winners: bit.ly/WIT2021awards

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative is thrilled to announce the 2021 Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career and Mentor awardees honoring wheat scientists working to protect food security

We are thrilled to announce the 2021 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career and Mentor awardees honor...
04/27/2021
BGRI announces 2021 Women in Triticum award winners - BGRI

We are thrilled to announce the 2021 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career and Mentor awardees honoring wheat scientists who are protecting food security around the world. Discover more about these incredible wheat scientists. 🏆🌏🏆🌍🏆🌎🏆🌏🏆🌍🏆

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative is thrilled to announce the 2021 Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career and Mentor awardees honoring wheat scientists working to protect food security

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Wheat scientists are changing the world. We are thrilled to see 2018 WIT winner Sreya Ghosh of the John Innes Centre nam...
04/13/2021
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Wheat scientists are changing the world. We are thrilled to see 2018 WIT winner Sreya Ghosh of the John Innes Centre named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for science and healthcare in Europe!

Sreya Ghosh, a research scientist at the John Innes Centre, studies how to improve the genetic resilience of crops to improve global food security.

Driving forward scientific innovation is crucial to food security efforts around the world. Discover how Sh*taye Megerrs...
04/05/2021

Driving forward scientific innovation is crucial to food security efforts around the world. Discover how Sh*taye Megerrsa of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University is protecting wheat with genome-wide association mapping:
https://bgri.cornell.edu/employing-genetics-to-protect-durum-wheat-from-stem-rust/

Driving forward scientific innovation is crucial to food security efforts around the world. Discover how Sh*taye Megerrsa of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University is protecting wheat with genome-wide association mapping:
https://bgri.cornell.edu/employing-genetics-to-protect-durum-wheat-from-stem-rust/

Julie Borlaug works to champion Dr. Norman Borlaug’s legacy by driving successful collaborative partnerships across sect...
04/03/2021

Julie Borlaug works to champion Dr. Norman Borlaug’s legacy by driving successful collaborative partnerships across sectors and scientific disciplines to bring innovation to end hunger. She will be a fantastic addition to the World Food Prize Foundation Council of Advisors.

Discover more: https://www.worldfoodprize.org/index.cfm/87428-1/48325/granddaughter_of_dr_norman_e_borlaug_joins_world_food_prize_foundation_council_of_advisors

Julie Borlaug works to champion Dr. Norman Borlaug’s legacy by driving successful collaborative partnerships across sectors and scientific disciplines to bring innovation to end hunger. She will be a fantastic addition to the World Food Prize Foundation Council of Advisors.

Discover more: https://www.worldfoodprize.org/index.cfm/87428-1/48325/granddaughter_of_dr_norman_e_borlaug_joins_world_food_prize_foundation_council_of_advisors

Plant pathogens are constantly evolving as scientists search for ways to protect crops from disease. Now, scientists fro...
03/30/2021
Stacking plant disease resistance genes for improved resistance - BGRI

Plant pathogens are constantly evolving as scientists search for ways to protect crops from disease. Now, scientists from CSIRO have combined 5 stem rust resistance genes in an effort to protect wheat and other crops from stem rust.

Stacking resistance genes is best way to ensure durable resistance for wheat and other crops in the face of rapidly evolving pathogens

👏👏👏We are thrilled that International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is renaming its agricultural experimen...
03/27/2021
CIMMYT to dedicate historic wheat experimental station to Sanjaya Rajaram

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We are thrilled that International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is renaming its agricultural experimental station in Toluca to honor distinguished scientist Sanjaya Rajaram.

Agricultural experimental station in Toluca will be renamed to honor distinguished scientist.

Happy birthday to Norman Borlaug, whose vision and determination helped feed the world.
03/25/2021
Dr. Norman Borlaug - BGRI

Happy birthday to Norman Borlaug, whose vision and determination helped feed the world.

Norman Borlaug, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner, saved millions of lives. His legacy continues with the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative

“The testing and analysis of variants is a logical extension of my long-standing interest in plant disease pandemics, su...
03/22/2021
Richard Michelmore honored by UC-Davis for COVID testing innovations - BGRI

“The testing and analysis of variants is a logical extension of my long-standing interest in plant disease pandemics, such as the wheat rusts,” said Richard Michelmore, whose innovations in COVID-19 testing earned honors from UC Davis. “Diagnostics will never be the same again; hopefully, some of the new technologies and excess testing capacity after the end of the COVID pandemic can be applied to plant pathogens."

Richard Michelmore, a member of the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat external advisory committee was honored by UC-Davis

“The creation of open-access tools like the Rust Expression Browser unleashes powerful new ways for researchers to fight...
03/17/2021
Rust Expression Browser: A new genomic tool for wheat rust research - BGRI

“The creation of open-access tools like the Rust Expression Browser unleashes powerful new ways for researchers to fight rust diseases,” Maricelis Acevedo, associate director for science at the BGRI, says about new digital tools from the Saunders Lab at the John Innes Centre.

The Rust Expression Browser – developed by John Innes Centre researchers – is the first gene expression browser to enable simultaneous interrogation of gene expression data for the notorious yellow rust pathogen and its wheat host. This new web interface currently hosts 1,024 gene expression dat...

"We need to dismantle the systematic barriers that hold all women back, regardless of or because of their intersecting i...
03/12/2021

"We need to dismantle the systematic barriers that hold all women back, regardless of or because of their intersecting identities," writes Hale Ann Tufan, a 2010 Women in Triticum (WIT) awardee and research professor at Cornell Global Development. Read more: https://www.worldfoodprize.org/index.cfm/88533/19100/gender_is_a_hot_topic_in_agriculture_its_missing_the_point

"As the global development community eyes 2030 and the goals set forth by the United Nations, we must double down on ensuring the full participation of diverse women who have the strength, expertise and insight to transform their own local food systems," writes Hale Ann Tufan in a post for the World Food Prize Foundation.

🔻 https://www.worldfoodprize.org/index.cfm/88533/19100/gender_is_a_hot_topic_in_agriculture_its_missing_the_point

To meet its cereal needs, Morocco’s imports have steadily increased to 42% for the last 10 years. A new study from Inter...
03/10/2021
Morocco’s Wheat Sector: Higher Productivity is Within Reach | ICARDA

To meet its cereal needs, Morocco’s imports have steadily increased to 42% for the last 10 years. A new study from International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDA identifies areas where productivity can be increased to boost smallholder farmers’ yields and income.

A recent study by ICARDA scientists analyzed Morocco’s wheat sector, a strategic crop that is still heavily imported, to identify areas where productivity can be increased to boost smallholder farmers’ yields and income. To this day, Morocco only produces about 58 percent of its needs in wheat a...

A new multi-institution study into a chromosomal segment of wheat is revealing a clearer picture of the yield advantage ...
03/08/2021
First complete cytological characterization of the 2NvS translocation

A new multi-institution study into a chromosomal segment of wheat is revealing a clearer picture of the yield advantage and disease resistance — and more opportunities to capitalize on these benefits for smallholder farmers.

Study validates importance and uncovers new benefits of crucial wheat genome segment.

Durum wheat is used for pasta and other popular dishes like couscous and tabbouleh. Now, new research exploring the gene...
03/04/2021
Employing genetics to protect durum wheat from stem rust - BGRI

Durum wheat is used for pasta and other popular dishes like couscous and tabbouleh. Now, new research exploring the genetic baseline of stem rust resistance in wheat is revealing new insights to protect a crop responsible for some of the world's most beloved foods.

Research from Cornell CALS researcher Sh*taye Megerssa details how genetic resistance can protect durum wheat from stem rust

03/02/2021
BGRI 2020 Workshop: Plant Breeding in the 21st Century

Plant breeding is experiencing a renaissance as innovative technologies offer new tools for crop improvement. Mark Sorrells of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University explores molecular breeding and high throughput phenotyping in this workshop session.

In 2005, Nobel Laureate Norman E. Borlaug sounded the alarm to bring the world’s attention to the outbreak of a new vari...
02/25/2021
The global network safeguarding the world’s wheat

In 2005, Nobel Laureate Norman E. Borlaug sounded the alarm to bring the world’s attention to the outbreak of a new variant of stem rust, Ug99, that threatened to wipe out 80% of the world’s wheat. Since that time, the BGRI has connected the global community to pioneer innovative ways for scientists and smallholder farmers around the globe to collaborate on meeting challenges brought about by wheat disease and climate change.

Interactive map illustrates impacts of BGRI’s 15 years of collaboration for disease- and climate-resilient wheat.

With his passing, the BGRI recognizes the contributions of Sanjaya RajaramInternational Maize and Wheat Improvement Cent...
02/19/2021
Remembering Sanjaya Rajaram-a true titan of plant breeding - BGRI

With his passing, the BGRI recognizes the contributions of Sanjaya Rajaram

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
World Food Prize Foundation
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDA

The BGRI remembers Sanjaya Rajaram, a pioneer in plant breeding who's contributions to wheat research led to him winning the World Food Prize.

02/17/2021
2020 BGRI Technical Workshop: High-Throughput Phenotyping for Indirect Selection on Wheat Grain Yield at the Early-generation Seed-limited Stage in Breeding Programs

Yield testing at the early-generation stages of the wheat breeding cycle is generally not performed for a variety of reasons. Margaret Krause, a postdoctoral fellow at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), explores the use of aerial high-throughput phenotyping traits to improve selection at the early-generation seed-limited stages of wheat breeding programs.

Since 2010, our Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career Award has provided professional development op...
02/11/2021
Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career Award - BGRI

Since 2010, our Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career Award has provided professional development opportunities for #WomenInScience working in wheat.

Discover more about this amazing program: https://bgri.cornell.edu/awards/wit-early-career-award/

This award, established in 2010, provides professional development opportunities for women working in wheat during the early stages of their career.​ The award is named after Jeanie Borlaug Laube, mentor to many, and daughter of Nobel Laureate Dr.​ Norman E.​ Borlaug.​ Jeanie Borlaug Laube h...

Science is leading the way in the fight to end hunger. Hafssa Kabbaj, senior research assistant at International Center ...
02/09/2021

Science is leading the way in the fight to end hunger. Hafssa Kabbaj, senior research assistant at International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDA, uses genomic recurrent selection to breed durum wheat varieties to improve farmer livelihoods in the Senegal River region and other areas around the world.
📷 : Ph.D student Outmane Bouhlal

Science is leading the way in the fight to end hunger. Hafssa Kabbaj, senior research assistant at International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDA, uses genomic recurrent selection to breed durum wheat varieties to improve farmer livelihoods in the Senegal River region and other areas around the world.
📷 : Ph.D student Outmane Bouhlal

A new study 13 years in the making identifies previously unknown long-term trends and hotspots for wheat rust outbreaks ...
02/06/2021
13-year analysis sheds new light on wheat crop disease patterns in Ethiopia - BGRI

A new study 13 years in the making identifies previously unknown long-term trends and hotspots for wheat rust outbreaks in Ethiopia. “These findings reveal new insights into rust diseases in Ethiopia and will provide invaluable knowledge in the fight to end hunger around the world,” says Maricelis Acevedo, associate director for science for DGGW and research professor at Cornell Global Development.

A new study of wheat rust identifies previously unknown long-term trends and hotspots for wheat rust outbreaks in Ethiopia. A team of modelers from the University of Cambridge and the Universität Hamburg, along with surveillance experts from CIMMYT, EIAR and agricultural universities in Ethiopia, a...

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Please invite me to participate on meeting. Yitagesu Tadesse ( Wheat Pathologist from Ethiopia).
Respected World Renowned Wheat Research Team and Contributing To Feed the Future through Wheat Varieties.
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Visit of Vice-Chair Prof. R. Coffman and Associate Director for Science Dr. M. Acevedo (Cornell University, USA) to the Central Field Crop Research Institute, Ankara, Turkey. 29 May 2018
Visit of Vice-Chair Prof. R. Coffman and Associate Director for Science Dr. M. Acevedo (Cornell University, USA) to the Central Field Crop Research Institute, Ankara, Turkey
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I am very proud that BGRI workshop will be held in my country Morocco