The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is based in Mexico and strives to contribute to the development of a world with healthier and more prosperous people, free from the threat of global food crises and with more resilient agri-food systems. Dr. Kevin Pixley is the deputy director general for research of breeding and genetics and director of the Genetic Resources program.
From CIMMYT "Pixley and his team also use genomics, phenomics and informatics to characterize and enhance the conservation and use of maize and wheat biodiversity through CIMMYT’s Seeds of Discovery initiative, where they explore the use of crop biodiversity to address novel opportunities, including enhanced sustainability of farming systems, improved nutritional or health outcomes or value-addition for farmers. They also look for opportunities to apply novel technologies to address needs of resource-poor farmers."
Dr. Pixley visited Ames talking to fellow researchers, graduate students and giving a seminar called "Plant breeding and agricultural science for the next 40 years."