Enhanced food security PNG - Results Factsheet

The genetic research project involving two widely cultivated crops in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands - aibika (Pacific or slippery cabbage, Abelmoschus manihot) and sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) - achieved the following:

- Research protocols for mutation breeding.

- Mutation breeding protocols for aibika seed and sweet potato cuttings, and putative mutants assessed for tolerance to abiotic stresses.

- New salinity-tolerant aibika and potentially frost-tolerant sweet potato genotypes identified.

- Increased laboratory and research capacity to conduct mutation breeding and basic DNA fingerprinting of sweet potato.

- Sweet potato and aibika germplasm collections.

- A herbarium to catalogue germplasm from aibika, sweet potato and other crops.

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Enhanced food security through preservation and improvement of genetic diversity of sweet potato and aibika in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Agriculture and post-harvest