Cassava experts gather to champion ‘orphan crop’

by | Feb 27, 2019

Scientists in a field examine a cassava plantIt’s a dietary staple for millions of Africans, but cassava has traditionally received little attention from scientists and plant breeders in comparison to cash crops such as wheat and maize. However, researchers have recently been working to find cassava a scientific “home.” Around 100 cassava breeders, experts, and scientists from around the world, including BTI’s Lukas Mueller, met in Kampala, Uganda at NextGen Cassava’s seventh annual meeting to share updates on modernizing cassava breeding programs and bringing better cassava varieties to consumers.

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