Network impact and scientific advances in cassava biotechnology. (230)
Keywords:Network, Cassava biotechnology, CIAT, IITA, Impact, Activities
AbstractThe goal of the Cassava Biotechnology network (CBN) was to contribute to enhancing the value of cassava for food security and economic development. The first objectives of the CBN were to enlist advanced laboratories for cassava biotechnology research around a common strategic agenda, in order to use existing research investment cost-effectively and to stimulate relevant research in cassava-growing countries. The CBN has created linkages between national cassava research and biotechnology laboratories, both within their countries and internationally. There are presently about 125 leading cassava biotechnology projects in the world. Some of the technical progress in cassava biotechnology include the use of molecular markers such as Random Amplified Polymorphic DNAS (RAPDs), Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms (RFLPs), and Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphisms (AFLPs), and also cassava micro-propagation.