Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas L.)

Sweet potato has traditionally been viewed as a “poor person’s crop” or “orphan crop,” and it has attracted limited attention compared to other staple crops

Robert O. M. Mwanga; Maria I. Andrade; Edward E. Carey; Jan W. Low; G. Craig Yencho; Wolfgang J. Grüneberg

2017

Scholarcy highlights

  • Sweet potato has traditionally been viewed as a “poor person’s crop” or “orphan crop,” and it has attracted limited attention compared to other staple crops
  • As the public and private sectors learn more about the benefits and opportunities of sweet potato, they have invested more in crop improvement; our understanding of the importance and potential of the crop is increasing
  • This chapter covers many aspects of sweet potato improvement with emphasis on the developing world. It includes sections on the history of sweet potato cultivation, general crop biology, the complex genetics and breeding challenges encountered by breeders seeking to improve the crop, crossing and breeding strategies for key traits, germplasm relations and the potential of wild relatives for crop improvement, and a section on seed production and the development of sustainable seed systems
  • It concludes with a review of advances in molecular genetics and genomics of the crop and the potential uses of these tools for sweet potato improvement
  • This research was undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Banana and HarvestPlus, part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health
  • International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome, pp 86–92Google Scholar

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