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August 2016 - Issue No.7  

Welcome to the Edible Aroids Newsletter

Vincent Lebot, Technical Coordinator, writes on INEA and its future ...

In this issue we highlight the work of the European partners of INEA, International Network on Edible Aroids. INEA is a collaboration between EU research institutions and developing countries worldwide, funded with the aim of improving the resilience of taro (Colocasia) and cocoyam (Xanthosoma) to changing environments such as climate and trade. The participants are: CIRAD (France), DSMZ (Germany),  universities of Madeira (Portugal) and Maribor (Slovenia), Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ghana, India, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, South Africa, Vanuatu, and regional organisations, CARDI and SPC.

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Genetics of Crop Diversity - CIRAD, Montpellier

In order to carry out a breeding programme, knowledge of the genetic diversity and ploidy of the parents are prerequisites. While the taro1 diversity in many Asian and Pacific countries was assessed during TANSAO and TaroGEN projects in the 1990s, that of African and Central American countries is still unknown. Consequently, taro breeding in these countries is often difficult and unsuccessful. Hana Chair writes ...

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New Approaches to Old Virus Problems - DSMZ, Germany

Plant virus research has experienced tremendous gains from next generation technologies: there’s been a revolution in virus discovery. New sequencing technologies combined with bioinformatics to analyse and mine massive data sets, has transformed virus research from the field to an office chair. Stephan Winter writes ...

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Drought  

Drought - Defining What it Means for Taro - University of Madeira

The ISOPlexis Genebank of the University of Madeira (UMa) took the lead in evaluating drought tolerance of elite taro varieties and breeders’ lines. The project worked with 40 taro accessions provided by the CePaCT (SPC-Fiji) and INEA partners (India and Papua New Guinea), based on an analysis of the variation of morphological, physiological and biochemical traits. Miguel Pinheiro de Carvalho writes ...

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Flavonoids  

Mineral Composition of Corms - University of Maribor

The contents of eleven minerals were analysed for four main parts of taro corm: the upper, marginal, central and lower (basal) parts. The concentrations of most minerals (P, Mg, Fe, Cu, and Zn) were higher in the upper and the central parts. K was particularly accumulative in the central part, whereas its contents in other parts were lower but not significantly different. Janja Kristl writes ...

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Breeding  

Taro Breeding Experiences and Memories - University of Maribor

Taro is one of the oldest and most impressive of cultivated plant species. I have been studying it since 1989 in  Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Madagascar, Vanuatu and Ethiopia. My practical work has been associated with genetic breeding while my theoretical research has been on flowering. Anton Ivancic writes ...

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World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops, China - A Report by CARDI

The World Congress of Root and Tuber Crops arose from a merger of two entities: The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21), and The International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC). Both organisations normally hold triennial meetings, but this year it was thought best to bring them together as the World Congress. The Congress was held at the Wharton International Hotel, Nanning, China, 18-24 January 2016.

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INEA is led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji, and the Centre de Cooporation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Developpement (CIRAD), France and Vanuatu. The project is made possible by a generous EU grant of €3 million.