Long-life cassava won’t work – but longer-life could be the answer

19 February, 2013 by (comments)

CIAT Cassava breeder Hernan Ceballos has called time on hopes of developing long-life cassava roots. “In terms of roots that can last for months after harvest, the dream is over,” he told delegates at a workshop of the CGIAR’s Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) research program, at CIAT’s headquarters in Cali, Colombia, today. “Cassava will not turn into aRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Inside CIAT

CIAT and partners toast new BREAD project

10 August, 2011 by (comments)

A pioneering initiative by scientists at CIAT, our sister center the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the University of California-Davis, could significantly speed-up the improvement of cassava and banana crops, and help to transform breeding and production systems. It was one of just six projects to be approved in this year’s highly competitive round of prestigious BREADRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Biofortification: CIAT in the spotlight

8 August, 2011 by (comments)

If you happened to pick up a copy of The Seattle Times this morning, you might recognise CIAT’s Steve Beebe and Hernan Ceballos on the front page. The lead article The quest for a bean to fight world hunger looks at the role of organisations like CIAT and the HarvestPlus initiative in developing nutritionally-improved crops. Click to read theRead More …

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Cassava “accident” brings tolerance hope

1 September, 2009 by (comments)

When a consignment of carotene-rich cassava roots was packaged and sent for bioavailability tests, there was the usual, hopeful wait for results. Ten months later and those results, soon to be officially announced, suggest that the carotene contained in yellow-flesh of the so-called “egg yolk” cassava has good bioavailability, meaning it can be easily absorbed by humans, and convertedRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions