Congratulations to long-time TA.XTPlus Texture Analyzer users (since 1998), CIMMYT. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (Spanish acronym CIMMYT) has opened a new agricultural research center near Mexico City that will double the center’s capacity.

Mexican business magnate and philanthropist Carlos Slim and his American counterpart, Microsoft founder and philathropist Bill Gates, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new laboratories. Both Slim’s and Gates’ respective philanthropic organizations have donated generously to CIMMYT projects. ”These laboratories will help attract the best talent in the world to come and work here,” said Gates, founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The new laboratories will double the center’s resources for research designed to develop better seeds and more productive farming methods for developing countries.–finance.html