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MasAgro Advances R&D for Climate Change Resistant Seeds

29 August 2012

MEXICO - The Modernisation Programme for Sustainable Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) is conducting research to identify genes of maize and wheat which can adapt to climate change and its impacts, and are resistance to pests and diseases.

To date, the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in collaboration with other research institutions, has characterised the genetic constitution of 16,000 varieties of wheat.

Work has also started on testing to assess tolerance to heat and drought and resistance to pests and diseases, as well as the performance of 44,000 varieties, including nine thousand wheats varieties native to Mexico.

The Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, Francisco Mayorga Casta├▒eda, stressed the importance of the programme.

With the development of this research, it may provide a Analysis Service Genetic Agriculture (SAGA) to allow national institutions to use genes native maize and wheat breeding programmes for both grains.

In this way Discovering Genetic Diversity Seed (SeeD) supports breeders, academics, scientists, seed and Farmers who want to maximise the genetic potential of these crops.

Mexico is a key country in terms of global genetic resources as it houses the largest collections in the world of two of the three major cereals in the human diet, corn and wheat. This was reaffirmed recently with the opening of the largest seed bank and modern in Latin America, the National Center for Genetic Resources (CNRG), in Tepatitlán, Jalisco.

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