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Breeding Superior Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato cultivators for West Africa

Breeding Superior Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is of public health significance in the developing world. It is a leading cause of preventable blindness among children. Nearly 100 million preschool children suffer from VAD. In 2005, some 667 thousand deaths of children under the age of five (6.3% of all such deaths worldwide) were estimated to …
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Constraints and Breeding Priorities for Increased Sweetpotato Utilization in Ghana

Sweetpotato is used in various food preparations in place of rice, cassava, yam and plantain in Ghana. In spite of this it does not have the same importance in Ghanaian diet as other root and tuber crops. Consumer taste, preference and acceptance are critical in determining the suitability of sweetpotato cultivars to …
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Breeding Superior Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato Cultivars for West Africa

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is of public health significance in the developing world. In spite of extensive promotion of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas) varieties (OFSPs), they are poorly utilized in Ghana because of their low dry matter and high sugar content. The objective of this study was to develop farmer- and consumer-preferred betacarotene-rich varieties to …
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Presentation 11: Wound healing and dry matter of orange-fleshed sweetpotato cultivars as influenced by curing methods

Curing (wound healing) in sweetpotato is a crucial pre- or post-harvest practice that could guarantee improved shelf-life, but it is rarely practised by sweetpotato farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, principally due to lack of knowledge. Wound healing ability of cultivars has been associated with good root storability.  In this study, two …
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