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


Start date: 31 December, 2005 End date: 31 December, 2010 Project type: Larger strategic projects (prior to 2013) Project code: 1204-LIFE Countries: Thematic areas: Agricultural production, Lead institution: University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark Project website: go to website (the site might be inactive) Policy Brief: Read Project coordinator: Birger Lindberg Møller Total grant: 4,000,079 DKK

Project summary

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.

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