The research center largely responsible for launching the "green revolution" of the 1960s is now planning to develop more genetically-modified seeds to help farmers in the developing world grow more grain in the face of changing climate conditions and increased demand.
Donations of $25 million from Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim are helping build a new cluster of biotechnology labs that opened at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico.
Both of the billionaires were on hand for the labs' inauguration at the research center, east of Mexico City.
It was another coming of age moment for GM crops. The nonprofit CIMMYT has become known over the last 50 years for providing low-cost, improved seeds through hybridization efforts.