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

“Game changing technologies” needed to fight cassava diseases

9 June, 2013 by (comments)

Alarming outbreaks of two devastating cassava diseases in Africa have prompted an alliance of experts to make an unprecedented international commitment to tackle them. Members of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) announced plans for the sweeping set of measures to impede the spread of the flesh-eating cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic diseaseRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops website, Latin America and the Caribbean

Cassava as you’ve never seen it

22 February, 2013 by (comments)

When I heard that CIAT cassava breeder Hernan Ceballos had some “very strange” cassava to show us, I didn’t waste any time in calling to clarify what he meant. He gave little away: “you have to see it.” Very soon we were in one of CIAT’s vast fields of experimental cassava. I wondered what exactly we’d find: cassava rootsRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crops website

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 featured in Uganda TV coverage of GCP21 cassava conference

3 July, 2012 by (comments)

Click to watch Uganda’s national television network NTV’s coveage of the recent Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) conference in Kampala. CIAT climate change expert Andy Jarvis appears more than once.

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, CIAT in the media

Will 2012 be remembered as the unofficial Year of Cassava?

16 May, 2012 by (comments)

It might be an abuse of artistic license, but 2012 might well be remembered as the first International Year of Cassava – in all but name. That’s because this year has already witnessed a sea change in the way the world regards this long-neglected crop. And it’s about time really: cassava feeds half-a-billion people in Africa every day, andRead More …

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