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J Sci Food Agric. 2017 Jun;97(8):2282-2290. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.8287. Epub 2017 Mar 24.

The industrial applications of cassava: current status, opportunities and prospects.

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College of Light Industry and Food Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning, China.


Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is a drought-tolerant, staple food crop that is grown in tropical and subtropical areas. As an important raw material, cassava is a valuable food source in developing countries and is also extensively employed for producing starch, bioethanol and other bio-based products (e.g. feed, medicine, cosmetics and biopolymers). These cassava-based industries also generate large quantities of wastes/residues rich in organic matter and suspended solids, providing great potential for conversion into value-added products through biorefinery. However, the community of cassava researchers is relatively small and there is very limited information on cassava. Therefore this review summarizes current knowledge on the system biology, economic value, nutritional quality and industrial applications of cassava and its wastes in an attempt to accelerate understanding of the basic biology of cassava. The review also discusses future perspectives with respect to integrating and utilizing cassava information resources for increasing the economic and environmental sustainability of cassava industries.


cassava; cassava starch; cassava wastes/residues; industrial applications; system biology

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