HeDWIC is a network of more than 100 dedicated scientists who are working for the millions of wheat farmers around the world.
Matthew Reynolds is a Distinguished Scientist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre where his professional goals are to develop and transfer technologies to increase productivity of wheat cropping systems worldwide with a special focus on developing countries. Impacts include a new generation of advanced lines based on physiological breeding approaches to widen the wheat genepool, increased understanding of yield potential and adaptation of wheat to drought and heat stress, development of high throughput phenotyping methodologies, and capacity building. To further these goals he has been active in developing global collaborations to tap into the expertise of plant scientists worldwide –such as the International Wheat Yield Partnership- and is currently coordinating the formation of the Heat and Drought Wheat Improvement Consortium (HeDWIC). He currently leads the community of practice on crop modelling for the CGIAR Big Data platform. He has published widely in the area of crop physiology and genomics and has mentored graduate students through affiliations with universities worldwide. He has also served as a consultant for a number of public and private institutions.
Janet Lewis was inspired to become a plant breeder after witnessing subsistence level farming in the developing world. After completing her PhD at Michigan State University (MSU) and post-docs at the University of Minnesota and CIMMYT, she returned to MSU to direct their wheat breeding and genetics program. With a desire to focus more intensely on breeding she joined Bayer to lead a winter wheat breeding project in the U.S. Great Plains. It was in the Great Plains that she was witnessed crop losses to environmental stresses to a degree she had never seen – including severe drought and heat that “felt like opening an oven door”. In 2017, after fleeing from hurricane Irma and grieved by the devastation in Puerto Rico she sought climate change communication training and has been working to raise public awareness about the threat of climate change to food security. She sees both a critical need and great opportunity for our agricultural sectors (from farmer to scientist to consumer) to work more cohesively and strategically to ensure food security in our rapidly changing environment. “Plants can’t swim in a flood, run from a fire, or water themselves in a drought. We must prepare for food security in an increasingly volatile world.”
HeDWIC is lead and coordinated by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), based in Mexico
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
Carretera México-Veracruz, Km. 45, El Batán
Postal addressApdo. Postal 041
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11305 Ciudad de México