Research Reveals New Insights to Advance Cassava BreedingSeptember 16, 2020
The four-year study involved extensive multi-locational testing at four IITA field trials in Nigeria. The analysis explored genomic regions that are responsible for desirable traits in cassava, a food crop that is a primary source of calories for more than 500 million people worldwide. The scientists found more than 40 quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with 14 traits. These are responsible for characteristics such as disease responses, nutritional quality, and yield. The traits were classified broadly into four categories: biotic stress, root quality, plant agronomy, and agro-morphology.
Chiedozie Egesi, NextGen Program Director, noted the importance of cassava as both a food and industrial crop. "A complete understanding of cassava's genetic architecture is the critical step needed to accelerate genetic improvement and bring lasting benefits to farmers and consumers who depend on this crop for food and income throughout the world," said Egesi.
For more details about the study, read the article in the IITA website.
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