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


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.