Biotechnology to improve cassava
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CTA. 1993. Biotechnology to improve cassava. Spore 43. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The production of cyanide by the cassava plant, possibly as a defence mechanism against pests, was one of the subjects under discussion at the first international scientific meeting of the Cassava Biotechnology Network (CBN) held in Colombia in...
The production of cyanide by the cassava plant, possibly as a defence mechanism against pests, was one of the subjects under discussion at the first international scientific meeting of the Cassava Biotechnology Network (CBN) held in Colombia in August. The meeting examined ways of using biotechnology to enhance the use of cassava and produce new strains. Cassava is an extremely important crop for providing a cheap source of starch under harsh climatic conditions, but it does have several drawbacks. The cyanogenic compounds which occur naturally m cassava can affect health if the processing of cassava is inadequate or rushed. Cassava is also pest-susceptible and liable to rapid deterioration after harvest. In recent years cassava production has increased substantially in Africa with the surplus going into processing. Participants at the meeting recommended biotechnology research in the areas ofprocessing, especially fermentation, so as to develop additional ways of using cassava. Participants also discussed the successful use of biotechnology in the areas of biochemical markers to help identify duplication among the 5,000 varieties in CIAT's cassava gene bank genetic mapping to increase efficiency of genetic improvement; lowering the cost of germplasm conservation and successful embryogenesis replication in recalcitrant cassava cultivars. CIAT AA 6713, Cali, COLOMBIA
SubjectsCROP PRODUCTION AND PROTECTION;
- CTA Spore (English)