Cassava Is Genetically Decaying, Putting Staple Crop at Risk

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Cassava Is Genetically Decaying, Putting Staple Crop at Risk

For breeders of cassava, a staple food for hundreds of millions in the tropics, producing improved varieties has been getting harder over time. A team at Cornell used genomic analysis of cassava varieties and wild relatives to make a diagnosis: Mutations have corroded the genome, producing many dysfunctional versions of genes and putting at risk a crop crucial to the survival of one-tenth of the world’s population. Read more…

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