How African scientists are improving cassava to help feed the world
Researchers in Nigeria are combining genomics and conventional breeding to improve the starchy staple crop.
Researchers in Nigeria are using genomics and conventional breeding to harness the best features of cassava plants from around the world. They hope to combine traits such as the high yields of Asian and South American varieties with the disease resistance of heartier African types. The Next Generation Cassava Breeding project is turbocharging research into the starchy staple, which has languished in the scientific shadow of corn, wheat and rice, despite being a staple for hundreds of millions of people.