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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Cassava’s new dawn: 5,000 genotypes to be sequenced

16 December, 2011 by (comments)

Cassava is already one of the most important food crops in Africa, and probably the most important smallholder industrial crop in SE Asia. But a new project announced by CIAT and BGI to sequence no fewer than 5,000 cassava genotypes could unlock some of the crop’s as-yet undiscovered secrets, helping agricultural scientists find new cassava markets, and rise toRead More …

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