Conservation of crop wild relatives of sweetpotato is key to crop improvement

Apr 21, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Grown in more than 114 countries worldwide, sweetpotatoes are an important staple crop particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and East and Southeast Asia. They have increasingly been the focus of attention of crop breeding efforts to enhance food security in food-insecure regions of Africa. Orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes, in particular, show promise as a solution to vitamin A-deficiency, […]

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First World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops will draw international crowd of scientists to Southern China

Apr 10, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Hundreds of the world’s top experts on potato, cassava, sweetpotato, yam and other root crops will gather in the city of Nanning, located in China´s southern province of Guangxi, October 5-10 for the First World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops. The event is the result of a collaboration between the International Society for Tropical […]

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Exploring banana diversity with the enhanced Musa germplasm information system

Mar 26, 2015 Veronique Durroux

The Musa Germplasm Information System (MGIS), the most extensive source of documentation on banana genetic resources, is now available on a new, improved online platform. “The evolution of the website since it was made available in 2003 was mostly conducted by Bioversity staff based in Montpellier, France,” explained Max Ruas, the data manager. “However, nothing […]

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Alliance reviews pilot control strategies for banana bunchy top disease in Africa

Mar 25, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Members of the Alliance for Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) Control in Africa met at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria from 9-14 March, to share progress made during the first year of pilot site implementation in eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa and to develop follow-up action. The meeting was attended by […]

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Getting the big picture with results-based management and participatory planning

Mar 23, 2015 Veronique Durroux

We all have a theory of change. Indeed, when we have a big goal to achieve, we think of what we should contribute to change, with who we may team up and which strategy we may use to make it happen. The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) is making its theories […]

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RTB in the Media

Uganda selected as focus for project on root crops, bananas

Feb 4, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Uganda is hosting a $4m (Shs11.4b) project that will expand the utilisation of roots, tubers and bananas and reduce their post harvest losses. The three-year European Union (EU) funded project is implemented by the CGIAR Research Programme on Roots, Tubers and Bananas. It focus on cassava, bananas, sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes. Publishing date: 2015-02-04 […]

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Project seeks to add value to roots, tubers and bananas

Jan 19, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Researchers are implementing a new project to explore increased use of roots, tubers and bananas (RTBs) and technologies to reduce their postharvest losses in Uganda. A workshop to highlight the research activities to be undertaken was organised last month (1-3 December) in Ntinda, Uganda. The European Union is funding the US$4 million, three-year project that […]

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Scientists embark on fighting deadly banana disease

Jan 14, 2015 Veronique Durroux

A group of scientists has embarked on a strategy to prevent the spread of a deadly banana fungal disease following an outbreak in Mozambique. Tropical race 4 (TR4), a strain of the fungus Fusarium oxysporum, and responsible for a deadly banana wilt disease, was detected last year on a 1,500-hectare farm in Mozambique that grows […]

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