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Ladybug on improved wheat growing in Pakistan

A ladybug (or ladybird) beetle sits on a wheat spike of an improved variety growing in the field in Islamabad, Pakistan. Ladybugs are beneficial insects, since they eat aphid pests. The wheat variety, known as NARC-2009, is based on a wheat line developed by CIMMYT and shared with partners as part of an international nursery distributed by CIMMYT's International Wheat Improvement Network (IWIN). Following testing and evaluation, it was released as a commercial variety in 2009 by Pakistan's National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad, under its wheat program for rainfed areas. As well as giving high yields, NARC-2009 is drought tolerant, resistant to the diseases stripe and leaf rust, and has good grain quality.


Photo credit: A. Yaqub/CIMMYT.


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Taken on April 23, 2011