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Manihot esculenta (cassava) genome view
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     Lineage: Eukaryota; Viridiplantae; Streptophyta; Embryophyta; Tracheophyta; Spermatophyta; Magnoliophyta; eudicotyledons; Gunneridae; Pentapetalae; rosids; fabids; Malpighiales; Euphorbiaceae; Crotonoideae; Manihoteae; Manihot; Manihot esculenta
Cassava is an important crop in several parts of the world. It is used as food and is also a good source of starch for commercial purposes. It offers several advantages to farmers like (1) growth in poor soil with minimal fertilizer and water, (2) can withstand seasonal droughts, (4) long harvest time, from 7 months upto 2 years, and (4) ability to recover from damage from pests and diseases. In order to improve cassava as a source of food, cassava varieties higher in nutritional value, resistant to diseases and drought, and cultivars that can withstand spoilage after harvest need to be developed.

Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) has conducted extensive research to improve cassava germplasm. Traditional breeding is difficult in cassava because it has a long growth cycle and is heterozygous. To get improved cassava varieties, genetic maps have been constructed that will help in molecular tagging of important genes. Information regarding the genetic maps displayed in Map Viewer can be found at the BioProjects website.

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