RTBMaps: more than just eye candy for scientists

15 July, 2013 by (comments)

If you ever needed proof of the power of visual data, try this: Visit the RTBMaps website. You’ll arrive at a big world map. Click on the “Biotic” button, and select “cassava mealybug.” Then hold onto your seat. That little exercise did more to hammer home the potential vulnerability of cassava to this formidable pest than any peer-reviewed studyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

Flesh-eating cassava virus pushes west across Africa

6 May, 2013 by (comments)

Scientists are struggling to contain a flesh-eating virus sweeping across the cassava plantations of Africa, destined for the world’s biggest producer and consumer, Nigeria. The devastating epidemic of Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) has already made it halfway across the continent, with reports of new outbreaks in DR Congo – the world’s third largest producer – and Angola, whereRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Inside CIAT

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

Efforts intensify to decode cassava “alphabet soup”

12 February, 2013 by (comments)

Imagine having to write a story, using a pile of several billion letters. First the letters have to be arranged into words, the words into sentences and paragraphs to produce a coherent, accurate chapter. There are 18,000 chapters in each book, and 5,000 books make the full story. The story is the complete genetic history of cassava. Making biologicalRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Crops website

CIAT participates in global debate on gender issues

28 March, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s Participatory Research and Gender Analysis (PRGA) Initiative looks forward to working with the United Nations and other development agencies in positioning rural women and gender equality at the center of agricultural research, following the success of global discussions held as part of the 55th Meeting of the UN Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) held in NewRead More …

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Filed Under: Gender, Inside CIAT