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

All you need to know about Cassava… but were too afraid to ask

2 August, 2012 by (comments)

Handbook passes the baton of cassava knowledge to a new generation of researchers That’s right: everything you need to know about cassava, in a single book. But that should in no way belittle this 800-page tome. The Cassava Handbook is an in-depth, exhaustive – but by no means exhausting – compendium of nearly four decades of CIAT research intoRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en

CIAT’s “Rambo root” research featured by Deutsche Welle

18 May, 2012 by (comments)

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has just run an interesting piece based on CIAT’s “Rambo root” cassava research paper from earlier this year, which championed the crop’s resilience to climate change. Take a look.

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change

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

Taking cassava beyond the cutting edge

11 May, 2012 by (comments)

Synthetic seeds could help farmers break pest and disease cycle A new project to produce synthetic seeds for cassava – one of the world’s most important food crops – could transform the way it is grown, and help protect smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America from devastating pests and disease outbreaks. The project by the International CenterRead More …

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

Cassava under threat

20 January, 2010 by (comments)

Pest and disease outbreaks put SE Asia on high alert CIAT scientists and their partners in Southeast Asia have issued urgent preliminary guidelines to tackle deadly pest and disease outbreaks that have crippled cassava production in parts of the region. The move follows a CIAT investigation into reports from Thailand’s eastern and northeastern regions, of damaged and stunted cassavaRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Regions