Genetic modification of cassava for enhanced starch production.

  title={Genetic modification of cassava for enhanced starch production.},
  author={Uzoma E. Ihemere and Diana Arias-Garzon and Susan J Lawrence and Richard Sayre},
  journal={Plant biotechnology journal},
  volume={4 4},
To date, transgenic approaches to biofortify subsistence crops have been rather limited. This is particularly true for the starchy root crop cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz). Cassava has one of the highest rates of CO(2) fixation and sucrose synthesis for any C3 plant, but rarely reaches its yield potentials in the field. It was our hypothesis that starch production in cassava tuberous roots could be increased substantially by increasing the sink strength for carbohydrate. To test this… CONTINUE READING