Electronic scarecrows that monitor crops

Satoshi Ogawa and Manabu Ishitani wanted to find a way to simultaneously monitor climatic conditions and crop performance in real-time. So Ogawa, a researcher at CIAT’s biotechnology lab, and Ishitani, a molecular biologist and the lab’s leader, acquired e-kahashi, a Japanese technology that they deployed in CIAT’s experimental rice fields.

María Elker Montoya, champion creator of method to fight Rice Hoja Blanca Virus

María, who started her career as a Research Assistant at the Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice (FLAR, its Spanish initials) and is currently a member of the Phenotyping Platform team at CIAT, developed a method to establish different stages of infection in plants, and thus meet the increasing challenge faced by producers, caused by an outbreak of the Rice Hoja Blanca Virus (RHBV) that has been observed in recent years in rice plantations from different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Celebrating women in science

Join us in celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science! On this occasion Bioversity International and CIAT feature some of our very own women scientists working to promote and safeguard agrobiodiversity, and improve food systems.

About agrobiodiversity research at CIAT

CIAT develops more resilient and productive varieties of cassava and common bean, together with tropical forages for livestock. We also help improve rice production in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The superior crop varieties that result from our collaborative work offer many valuable traits, such as high yield and stress tolerance, which are vital for guaranteeing global food supplies in the face of rapidly rising demand, shifting disease and insect pressures, rampant environmental degradation, and the looming threat of climate change.



Joe Tohme

Joe Tohme

Director, Agrobiodiversity Research Area

This CIAT Blog was launched in January 2016. For articles related to agrobiodiversity prior to this date, visit our former blog. Please note the old AgBio blog is no longer updated.

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