thus, africa’s estimated 50 million tonnes of cassava peel waste per year could generate at least 15 million tonnes of hqcp, substantially addressing shortfalls in the supply of animal feed and eventually creating a usd 2 billion a year industry on the continent. furthermore, cassava has potential for various consumer and industrial products, including sweeteners, flour, starch, livestock feed, fuel alcohol, and biochemicals.
they also elucidated relatedness between many cultivated cassava varieties, which can help breeders maximize genetic diversity in improvement programs. goal of our research is to develop a process for sweetener production from cassava at a level and scale that can be accommodated by the constraints and resources that are prevalent in the rural or village communities of the developing nations.
UC Berkeley-led team including DOE JGI researchers described cassava’s genetic diversity to help improve breeding strategies for this root crop. of high quality cassava peel mash feed, ibadan, nigeria (photo credit: ilri/iheanacho okike).
i am an aspiring young entrepreneur in ghana and we consume a lot of cassava. the paper, the team, which included uc berkeley specialist jessen bredeson and postdoctoral scholar jessica lyons, and doe jgi’s simon prochnik and albert wu, compared the cassava reference genome to the genomes of relatives castor bean (ricinis communis), rubber tree (hevea brasiliensis), ceara rubber (manihot glaziovii), and 53 cultivated and wild cassava varieties from around the world.
in 2010, the global cassava production output was 229,540,896 tonnes; and virtually all the production was achieved in the developing nations. cassava is easy to cultivate, it is particularly vulnerable to plant pathogens, which can significantly reduce crop yields.