The work of wheat researchers is more important than ever in managing the biotic and abiotic stresses that threaten wheat production, and in improving livelihoods and food security for smallholder wheat farmers. In an ever-populous world, wheat farmers around the world are threatened by drought, the effects of climate change, outbreaks of new races of yellow and stem rust, septoria and, most recently, wheat blast.
The 2018 BGRI Technical Workshop — held in Marrakech, Morocco, 14-17 April 2018 — will focus on wheat scientists’ efforts to secure the world’s wheat crop and manage disease vulnerability. It is an opportunity for the wheat community to exchange research results, network about opportunities to collaborate, and learn more about challenges facing wheat scientists and farmers.
In addition to two days of cutting-edge presentations and plenary sessions, workshop participants will spend half a day touring the ICARDA Tassaout Research Station where critical work by the ICARDA wheat team is being conducted regarding breeding and selecting for drought-tolerant wheat.
Other highlights of the BGRI workshop include announcements regarding the 2017 and 2018 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Early Career and Mentor Awards, and the 2018 Gene Stewardship Award.