Improvement of the nutritional value of cassava: high storage protein, no toxins

Start date
January 1, 2006
End date
January 1, 2011
Project code
1204-LIFE
Countries
No country specified
Total grant
4,000,079
Contact person
Birger Lindberg Møller
Description
The overall aim is to improve the general health status of rural and poor populations in tropical and sub-tropical regions where cassava is the main tuber crop. The cassava tuber is rich in starch but the protein content of the cassava tuber is unfortunately low and the tubers also contain constituents that liberate large amounts of toxic hydrogen cyanide upon processing. We want to develop improved cassava cultivars to relieve these problems.