The Bible, revisited – Cassava in the Third Millennium

12 October, 2012 by (comments)

This is a second coming in more ways than one.

The recently published Cassava Handbook gave a thorough overview of forty years of cassava research with particular reference to work undertaken in Southeast Asia.

Now, the just published Cassava in the Third Millennium  – another landmark title about this vital root crop – summarizes the accumulated knowledge and experience gained by cassava scientists over the same period across the cassava growing world. It focuses on applied results that will benefit growers, processors and consumers.

Cassava in the Third Millennium is a revised version of the 2002 Spanish-only title, La Yuca en el Tercer Milenio. In the year following publication, all 8,000 printed copies sold out, and the book  has become affectionately known amongst many scientists as the Cassava Bible.

This new testament to cassava science – with its nearly 600 pages – is worth its weight in starch, containing 27 peer-reviewed papers from CIAT,  CLAYUCA and other scientists, covering cassava “production, processing, use and marketing systems” across the tropics. The content has been updated to reflect the new challenges and advances in cassava research that have taken place in the last decade.

“We always had this dream of producing the book in English – for cassava scientists in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia,” explains Bernardo Ospina, managing director of CLAYUCA, one of the driving forces behind both editions of the book. “It’s been a good opportunity for the authors to think about what’s new in cassava research in the last 10 years, and update the content.

It comes with a 115-page, pocket-friendly, illustrated field guide for identifying and managing cassava diseases, pests and nutritional disorders. I’m especially pleased with my signed copy, which I happily accepted in lieu of photo credits.

Currently only available as hard copies, both the book and the field guide will eventually be made freely-accessible online, so watch this space. If you need to get your hands on them sooner rather than later, you can contact the publishers CTA, here.

At USD $70 (book + field guide), it’s not cheap – but if you’re a cassava expert or aspire to be such, it might be something of a saviour.

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