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Developing new cassava varieties: tools, techniques and strategies

Code: 9781838790639
Hernán Ceballos, Nelson Morante, Fernando Calle, Jorge Lenis and Sandra Salazar, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia

Chapter synopsis: The significance of cassava as a crop in tropical countries means that developing improved varieties is key to the sustainability of cassava production. This chapter examines how understanding the utilization of cassava can inform breeding objectives for developing improved varieties of cassava. It addresses the ways through which cassava can be bred and selected to resist common pests and diseases and examines the selection criteria used for breeding. The chapter analyses in detail the correlation between phenotypic characteristics and traits of cassava, as well as including a discussion of the relevance of breeding value. The chapter suggests a number of potential future trends in research in this area.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0014.15
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Cassava breeding objectives 3 Pests and diseases of cassava 4 Evaluating and selecting cassava for breeding 5 Selection index in cassava breeding 6 Phenotypic correlations of cassava traits 7 Significance of breeding value 8 Quantitative genetics of complex traits in cassava 9 Future trends 10 Conclusion 11 Where to look for further information 12 References

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