Development of commercial cultivars with waxy-starch roots

Published on 20 May 2011

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Start Date: 1 January 2008 | End Date: 31 December 2012

Overview

This is a 5-year project which aims to develop commercial cassava cultivars carrying the high-value trait of amylose-free (waxy) starch. The origin of this project was the discovery of a spontaneous mutation discovered in 2006 and reported in 2007. A key partner in this project is the Kasetsart University of Thailand.  Highlighting the relevance of this discovery a similar project is likely to be developed for Brazil, and private starch companies such as National Starch and Corn Products Andina have expressed interest and provided resources as well.

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