Tenfold increase in cassava yields?
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CTA. 1995. Tenfold increase in cassava yields? . Spore 56. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Tenfold increase in cassava yields? The quantity of tubers produced by cassava is roughly proportional to the amount of photosynthesis taking place in the aerial part of the plant. It follows that to increase yields of tubers, the ratio of the part...
The quantity of tubers produced by cassava is roughly proportional to the amount of photosynthesis taking place in the aerial part of the plant. It follows that to increase yields of tubers, the ratio of the part of the plant above ground must also be increased. This can be done by grafting tree cassava, Manihot glaziovii on to a Manihot esculenta stock. The technique was first developed by an Indonesian farmer, M. Mukibat, in 1952. There is a two-fold benefit from the process: woody cassava can provide animal feed or fuel wood, and yields from cassava tubers may be five or, in some places, up to ten times great. The Mukibat technique has further advantages: tree cassava is resistant to most of the diseases that affect the stems and leaves of cassava, the tree is widespread in the tropics and grafting is relatively easy. H de Foresfa ORSTOM / BIOTROP PO.Box 17 Bogor 16001 Jawa Barat INDONESIA
SubjectsCROP PRODUCTION AND PROTECTION;
- CTA Spore (English)