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Ex ante assessment of dual-purpose sweet potato in the crop–livestock system of western Kenya: A minimum-data approach

In this paper the authors assess the potential benefits of introducing dual-purpose sweet potato in the mixed crop-livestock systems of East Africa, with an example of Vihiga district in western Kenya. The analysis supports the hypothesis that dissemination of the dual-purpose sweet potato could help improve the livelihoods of smallholder …

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Sweetpotato Viruses

Sweetpotato (SP) (Ipomoea batatas (L) Lam) is a dicotyledonous perennial root tuber plant belonging to Convolvulaceae family. Ipomoea is one genus among 55 Convolvulaceae genera. Most of it’s 500 species are ploidy ranging 2x to 6x with SP possessing both 4x and 6x. SP has economic significance with global production …

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Control Strategies for Sweet Potato Virus Disease in Africa

Sweet potato virus disease (SPVD), caused by dual infection with the whitefly-borne Sweet potato chlorotic stunt virus (SPCSV) and the aphid-borne Sweet potato feathery mottle virus (SPFMV), is the most serious disease of sweet potato in Africa. SPVD has been known there since at least the 1940s, although it took …

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