A Field Event at ICARDA, Morocco, for Farmers

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On May 6th, ICARDA organized a field visit with 12 farmers at Sidi El Aidi Experimental Station, in Morocco to share InnoVar project activities and field trials.

Dr. Sripada Udupa, ICARDA presented the project, it’s aim and the trials, including a series of VCU and DUS characters that have already been recorded. He also enumerated integration of drone-based imaging and genomics technologies in VCU and DUS trials.

The farmers went through the trials and observed variation between the durum wheat varieties. Farmers were amazed to see variability present in varieties of VCU and DUS trials, particularly for spike and grain characters. The farmers also showed keen interest in participating in future field events.

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