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Commitment to Mainstreaming Beta-Carotene (pro-Vitamin A) into National Program Breeding Efforts

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At the recent 15th Annual Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders  Meeting, held in Nairobi 6-10 June 2016, discussions were held concerning which of the released varieties to date were being adopted most widely and why.  Breeders are selecting 100 “Best Bet” Sweetpotato varieties for sub-Saharan Africa that will be prioritized for maintaining core stocks of disease-free pre-basic cuttings (seed) at the regional hub at the Kenya Plant Health Inspection Service.   Participants at the Speedbreeders and Genomics meeting in Nairobi in June 2016Breeders discussed and debated many priority traits in their program.  Among these is beta-carotene, the trait that gives an orange color to the roots and ...

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