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Seed Potato for Africa

Explore the challenges in international agriculture, the transformation of livelihoods with potato and strategies employed to tap the potential by the International Potato Center.

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Resilient Nutritious Sweetpotato

Explore the exploits of farmers’ input to develop agricultural research, Accelerating Value Chains of sweetpotato with innovations in Kenya, gender and research and strategies for going to scale with Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato in Ghana on the International Potato Center’s website.

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Weevil Resistant Sweetpotato through Biotechnology

African sweetpotato weevils (SPW), Cylas puncticollis and C. brunneus, pose a major threat to sweetpotato, which plays a vital role in food security and income generation for both the urban and rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). SPW can limit sweetpotato production causing total crop loss. Control methods such as integrated pest management …

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Sweetpotato plant regeneration via an improved somatic embryogenesis protocol

Genetic transformation holds considerable promise for sweetpotato enhancement, but is limited by the low regeneration efficiency of transformed cells. Somatic embryogenesis is the most efficient method for regenerating genetically transformed sweetpotato plants, but is still limited by low efficiency and strong genotype dependency. In this study, based on a review …

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Sweetpotato plant regeneration via an improved somatic embryogenesis protocol

Genetic transformation holds considerable promise for sweetpotato enhancement, but is limited by the low regeneration efficiency of transformed cells. Somatic embryogenesis is the most efficient method for regenerating genetically transformed sweetpotato plants, but is still limited by low efficiency and strong genotype dependency. In this study, based on a review …

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Sweetpotato vine management for confined food production in a space life-support system

Sweetpotato (Ipomea batatas L.) ‘Whatley–Loretan’ was developed for space life support by researchers at Tuskegee University for its highly productive, nutritious storage roots. This promising candidate space life-support crop has a sprawling habit and aggressive growth rate in favorable environments that demands substantial growing area. Shoot pruning is not a viable …

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