News from the CIMMYT library Soil bacterial diversity under conservation agriculture-based cereal systems in indo-gangetic plains In Indo-Gangetic plains (IGP) of India, natural resources (soil, water, and environment) are degrading under the conventional?till (CT)-based manageme Choudhary, M. Hire services as a business enterprise : a training manual for small-scale mechanization service providers Sims, B. Adoption of modern maize varieties in india : insights based on expert elicitation methodology Adoption of modern varieties of maize, characterised by higher genetic potential, is desirable from the viewpoint of increasing the maize yield level. Pavithra, S. Time-series multispectral indices from unmanned aerial vehicle imagery reveal senescence rate in bread wheat Detection of senescence's dynamics in crop breeding is time consuming and needs considerable details regarding its rate of progression and intensity. Hassan, M.A. Multi-temporal and spectral analysis of high-resolution hyperspectral airborne imagery for precision agriculture : Assessment of wheat grain yield and grain protein content This study evaluates the potential of high resolution hyperspectral airborne imagery to capture within-field variability of durum wheat grain yield (G Rodrigues, F. From working in the wheat field to managing wheat : women innovators in Nepal There is very little research on women in wheat in Nepal, and wheat is still considered a 'man's crop'. Consequently, extension services rarely target Farnworth, C.R. Weed research issues, challenges, and opportunities in India Agriculture is the major source of livelihood for nearly half of the Indian population. However, the productivity of crops is much lower than many cou Adusumilli Narayana Rao Wheat varietal change and adoption of rust resistant wheat varieties in ethiopia from 2009/10 to 2013/14 Tolemariam, A. Screening and validation of fertility restoration genes (Rf) in wild abortive CMS system of rice (Oryza sativa L.) using microsatellite markers The present study was carried out with the objective of validating linked SSRs markers to Rf genes in diverse rice breeding lines. SSR markers enabled Bhati, P.K. Excessive pruning and limited regeneration : Are Faidherbia albida parklands heading for extinction in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia? Scattered Faidherbia albida trees provide multiple ecological and production benefits across the Sahel. The intensive management and use of this impor Tesfaye Shiferaw Sida High-throughput method for ear phenotyping and kernel weight estimation in maize using ear digital imaging Background: Grain yield, ear and kernel attributes can assist to understand the performance of maize plant under different environmental conditions an Makanza, R. Bayesian functional regression as an alternative statistical analysis of high-throughput phenotyping data of modern agriculture Background: Modern agriculture uses hyperspectral cameras with hundreds of reflectance data at discrete narrow bands measured in several environments. Montesinos-L?pez, A. Genome-wide analysis of the invertase gene family from maize Key message The recent release of the maize genome (AGPv4) contains annotation errors of invertase genes and therefore the enzymes are bestly curated Juarez-Colunga, S. IPM to control soil-borne pests on wheat and sustainable food production Soil Borne Pathogens (SBPs) including the Heterodera species, cereal cyst nematode (CCN), Pratylenchus species, root lesion nematode and crown rot (CR Dababat, A.A. Exploring the physiological information of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence through radiative transfer model inversion A novel approach to characterize the physiological conditions of plants from hyperspectral remote sensing data through the numerical inversion of a li Celesti, M. Long-term impact of conservation agriculture and diversified maize rotations on carbon pools and stocks, mineral nitrogen fractions and nitrous oxide fluxes in inceptisol of India Given the increasing scarcity of production resources such as water, energy and labour coupled with growing climatic risks, maize-based production sys Parihar, C.M. Innovation platforms in agricultural research for development : ex-ante appraisal of the purposes and conditions under which innovation platforms can contribute to agricultural development outcomes Innovation platforms are fast becoming part of the mantra of agricultural research for development projects and programmes. Their basic tenet is that Schut, M. Development and characterization of a complete set of Triticum aestivum?Roegneria ciliaris disomic addition lines Key message: A complete set wheat-R. ciliaris disomic addition lines (DALs) were characterized and the homoeologous groups and genome affinities of R. Lingna Kong Genome-wide linkage mapping of yield-related traits in three Chinese bread wheat populations using high-density SNP markers Key message: We identified 21 new and stable QTL, and 11 QTL clusters for yield-related traits in three bread wheat populations using the wheat 90 K S Faji Li When less can be better : how can we make genomic selection more cost-effective and accurate in barley? Key message: We were able to obtain good prediction accuracy in genomic selection with ~ 2000 GBS-derived SNPs. SNPs in genic regions did not improve Abed, A. Maize responses to reduced tillage, different plant residue mulch and nitrogen fertiliser on granitic sandy soils of Zimbabwe Mulching in smallholder conservation agriculture (CA) systems is constrained by lack of adequate crop residues. A three-year study assessed the effect Mupangwa, W. Natural variation in elicitation of defense-signaling associates to field resistance against the spot blotch disease in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Spot blotch, caused by the hemibiotropic fungus Bipolaris sorokiniana, is amongst the most damaging diseases of wheat. Still, natural variation in exp Sharma, S. The ADRA2A rs553668 variant is associated with type 2 diabetes and five variants were associated at nominal significance levels in a population-based case?control study from Mexico City Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a disease with a prevalence of 9.4% in Mexicans. Its etiology is complex involving environmental and genetic factors. The aim Totomoch-Serra, A. Developing and deploying climate-resilient maize varieties in the developing world In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and Asia maize yields remain variable due to climate shocks. Over the past decade extensive progress has been made on the Cairns, J.E. Red de plataformas de Investigaci?n MasAgro : resultados PV2016 y OI 2016-17 Fonteyne, S. Climate risk management and rural poverty reduction Climate variability is a major source of risk to smallholder farmers and pastoralists, particularly in dryland regions. A growing body of evidence lin Hansen, J. W. Laser-land leveling adoption and its impact on water use, crop yields and household income : empirical evidence from the rice-wheat system of Pakistan Punjab Using a primary dataset from 350 farmers from the rice-wheat area of Pakistan Punjab, we estimate the impact of laser-land leveling on water saving, c Ali, A. Does intensive tillage enhance productivity and reduce risk exposure? : panel data evidence from smallholders? agriculture in Ethiopia We analyse the impact of intensity of tillage on wheat productivity and risk exposure using panel household?plot level data from Ethiopia. In order to Abro, Z. A. A bayesian genomic regression model with skew normal random errors Genomic selection (GS) has become a tool for selecting candidates in plant and animal breeding programs. In the case of quantitative traits, it is com Perez-Rodriguez, P. Can lead farmers reveal the adoption potential of conservation agriculture? : The case of Malawi This paper assesses the adoption potential of conservation agriculture (CA) and related technologies in Malawi, where CA appears appropriate to protec Holden, S.T.