‘Alisha’, ‘Anamaria’, ‘Bie’, ‘Bita’, ‘Caelan’, ‘Ivone’, ‘Lawrence’, ‘Margarete’, and ‘Victoria’ Sweetpotato

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It takes on average 7 to 8 years to breed a suitable sweetpotato cultivar in Africa adapted to local farmer and consumer needs. For southern Africa, the major sweetpotato breeding objectives are high storage root and vine yield, high β-carotene levels, and drought adaptation. Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) cultivars alleviate vitamin A deficiency in African rural households (Hotz et al., 2012; Low et al., 2007). Furthermore, sweetpotato needs in southern Africa a critical amount of vine yield to plant the next growing season and for feed, particularly where land availability is scarce. However, food and fodder dual-purpose

Contributor Notes

This work was supported in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID.

Corresponding author. E-mail: m.andrade@cgiar.org.



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    Foliage and storage root of sweetpotato bred cultivars with orange and mostly purple flesh cultivars evaluated in Mozambique, 2011 to 2014: ‘Alisha’, ‘Anamaria’, and ‘Ivone’ orange-fleshed (top row); ‘Caelan’, ‘Bie’, and ‘Margarete’ purple-fleshed (center row); and ‘Lawrence’, ‘Victoria’, and ‘Bita’ dual-purpose.


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