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Title: RIKEN Cassava Initiative: Establishment of a Cassava Functional Genomics Platform
Authors: Yoshinori Utsumi
Tetsuya Sakurai
Yoshimi Umemura
Sarah Ayling
Manabu Ishitani
Jarunya Narangajavana
Punchapat Sojikul
Kanokporn Triwitayakorn
Minami Matsui
Ri ichiroh Manabe
Kazuo Shinozaki
Motoaki Seki
Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical
Mahidol University
Keywords: Agricultural and Biological Sciences;Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2012
Citation: Tropical Plant Biology. Vol.5, No.1 (2012), 110-116
Abstract: Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is an important tropical root crop that provides food security and income generation for many farmers. Cassava ranks as the third most important source of calories in the tropics and provides sustenance to 800 million people worldwide. Cassava is also an efficient source of modified starch and bioethanol. In spite of the many advantages and high potential of cassava, the research community lacks functional genomic resources. Therefore, RIKEN has been working to establish a cassava functional genomics platform, which includes full-length cDNAs, DNA microarrays, transformation capabilities, and a searchable database in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) of Colombia and Mahidol University of Thailand. In this review, we summarize the present status and future perspectives of our cassava functional genomic approaches. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
ISSN: 19359764
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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