The tuberous roots of orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) contain significant amounts of β-carotene; approximately 90 % of the carotenoids in this roots are of this type. Currently there is a growing worldwide demand for this type of sweet potato, due to the effectiveness to counteract VAD. In Cuba in 1985, the first cultivar of orange fleshed sweet potato was obtained, designated CEMSA 80-77, which had no acceptance among the cuban population because of the lack of habit of consumption of this type of cultivar. Later, the cultivars Jewel and Resisto, both of orange fleshed, were introduced in Cuba, those that became part of the National Program of Genetic Improvement of Sweet Potato, carried out in the Research Institute of Tropical Roots and Tubers Crops (INIVIT) since 1972.
Authors: Dania RodrÃguez de Sol, Alfredo Morales TejÃ³n, Alfredo Morales RodrÃguez y Sergio J. RodrÃguez Morales
Subjects: Cuba, breeding, orange fleshed, sweet potato.
Publication Date: June 01, 2018
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RodrÃguez, S.D., Morales, T.A., Morales, R.A., RodrÃguez Morales. 2018. â€˜INIVIT B-27-2017â€™, nuevo cultivar de boniato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.) biofortificado rico en vitamina A. Cultivos Tropicales, 39(2): 109.