October 2021

  • Published in Nature Food, the study tracks footprints of diverse ancestral wheat relatives in bread wheat. It highlights their importance for enriching modern elite wheat cultivars and improving stress adaptation of wheat under climate change scenarios.
Major study sheds new light on untapped potential of ancestral wheat germplasm
Monday, 25 October, 2021
A recent study by a team of scientists from 15 organizations, including the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) shows that a range of valuable traits in wild wheat accessions from different gene banks across the world could help to improve existing global breeding programs.
  • As part of the experiment conducted between September 2020 and May 2021 at ICBA’s research station in Dubai, scientists evaluated four salt-tolerant rice varieties from the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI): BRRI dhan 47; BRRI dhan 61; BRRI dhan 67; and BRRI dhan 78.
ICBA studies how to best grow salt-tolerant rice in UAE
Wednesday, 20 October, 2021
Scientists at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) have carried out an experiment to find the most suitable irrigation method to grow salt-tolerant rice under saline and desert conditions in the UAE. The objective was to determine efficient approaches to cultivating salt-tolerant rice under local conditions.
  • The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has always placed rural women at the center of its research-for-development efforts in different regions. Over the past two decades, the center has supported rural women through a wide range of projects and capacity development initiatives, equipping them with tools and skills to cultivate resilient crops and improve their livelihoods.
Rural women: a driving force for food security and prosperity
Friday, 15 October, 2021
Received wisdom is that agriculture is the main engine of growth in rural communities around the world. And that women are the linchpin of rural households. But while women often toil at home and on the farm to cater for their families, they usually do not enjoy all the benefits of their labor.