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
Project: 
Enhanced food security through preservation and improvement of genetic diversity of sweet potato and aibika in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands
Conference: 
Location: 
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Sector: 
Agriculture and post-harvest