Improving taro (Colocasia esculenta var. esculenta) production using biotechnological approaches

Deo, Pradeep C., Tyagi, Anand P., Taylor, Mary, Becker, Douglas K., & Harding, Robert M. (2009) Improving taro (Colocasia esculenta var. esculenta) production using biotechnological approaches. South Pacific Journal of Natural Science, 27, pp. 6-13.

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Taro (Colocasia esculenta L. Schott) is an important crop worldwide but is of particular significance in many Pacific Island countries where it forms part of the staple diet and serves as an export commodity. Escalating pest and disease problems are jeopardizing taro production with serious implications to food security and trade. Biotechnological approaches to addressing pest and disease problems, such as somatic embryogenesis and transgenesis, are potentially viable options. However, despite biotechnological advancements in higher profile agronomic crops, such progress in relation to Colocasia esculenta var. esculenta has been slow. This paper reviews taro biology, highlights the cultural and economic significance of taro in Pacific Island countries and discusses the progress made towards the molecular breeding of this important crop to date.

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ID Code: 29273
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: taro, biotechnology, transgenic, colocasia esculenta
ISSN: ISSN: 1013-9877 (Print). eISSN: 1726-0787
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > CROP AND PASTURE PRODUCTION (070300) > Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests Diseases and Weeds) (070308)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors].
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2009 23:25
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:03

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