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The starchy swollen roots of cassava provide an essential food source for nearly a billion people, as well as possibilities for bioenergy, yet improvements to nutritional content and resistance to threatening diseases are currently impeded. A 454-based whole genome shotgun sequence has been assembled, which covers 69% of the predicted genome size and 96% of(More)
and was attended by 30 researchers from 14 countries dedicated to the genetic improvement of cassava. GCP21 was created in 2002, when many of the world's leading cassava researchers gathered at The Bellagio Center to create a partnership dedicated to leveraging the tools of modern biotechnology and plant breeding to make cassava a more productive and(More)
Biofortification of rice (Oryza sativa L.) with micronutrients is widely recognized as a sustainable strategy to alleviate human iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) deficiencies in developing countries where rice is the staple food. Constitutive overexpression of the rice nicotianamine synthase (OsNAS) genes has been successfully implemented to increase Fe and Zn(More)
Late root bulking is a major factor leading to rejection and abandoning of improved cassava genotypes in sub-Saharan Africa. Early bulking (EB) varieties shorten the growth period from planting to harvesting, better fit into environments with short rainy season, and reduce exposure to biotic and abiotic stresses thereby increasing productivity. This study(More)
At the Second Strategic Meeting of Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21), a decision was made to publish a series of papers highlighting major emerging challenges to cassava production, recent advances in cassava genetic improvement and the new tools and platforms being created for the crop. The present issue of Tropical Plant Biology(More)
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