When, Where and How will Tropical Root and Tuber Crops Lead the Next Agri-Food Revolution

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Martha Giraldo

University of Puerto Rico
Associate professor
I work for the University of Puerto Rico, Agriculture Experiment Station (AES) were we maintain root crop collections consist of different accessions from yams (Dioscorea spp.), cassava (Manihot esculenta), sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) and tanier (Xanthosoma sagittifolium), these collections are conserved and maintained in the field at the AES of Corozal and Isabela. The germplasm collections contain 22 entries from yams, 27 from cassava, 30 from sweet potato, at Corozal and 75 from tanier at Isabela. Propagation material has been distributed from each collection to growers, students and researchers from different cities of the Island and from others AES.