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Morpho-agronomic, cytogenetic and molecular characterization of the CIRAD yam collection for their enhancement and utilization in genetic improvement programs

Arnau Gemma, Némorin Alice, Maledon Erick, Lambert Frédéric, Nudol Elie. 2013. Morpho-agronomic, cytogenetic and molecular characterization of the CIRAD yam collection for their enhancement and utilization in genetic improvement programs. In : First Global Conference on Yam "to harness research innocations to unleash the potential of yam". Program and book of abstracts. IITA. Ibadan : IITA, Résumé, p. 124. ISBN 978-978-8444-27-5 First Global Conference on Yam, Accra, Ghana, 3 October 2013/6 October 2013.

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Abstract : The greater yam (Dioscorea alata) is a crop with a potential for increased commercial production. However, several problems limit its development: tuber characteristics are often not adapted to commercial production, and anthracnose disease, caused by the fungus Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, is always a threat. In 2003, CIRAD initiated a selection and varietal improvement program in Guadeloupe (French West Indies) to provide producers with new varieties adapted to agronomic, phytosanitary and socioeconomic constraints. For this purpose, we have a collection of 150 D. alata accessions from different countries (South Pacific, etc), representing wide genetic crop variability, as well as 145 accessions of five other Dioscorea sp., closely related to D. alata, which present useful characteristics. This collection has been characterized at the morphoagronomic, cytogenetic and molecular levels. Data on 13 morpho-agronomic characteristics were collected based on the IPGRI descriptors. Chromosome counting and flow cytometry were used to assess the ploidy levels. Fifteen microsatellite markers were used to estimate the genetic diversity of D. alata germplasm. The data obtained have made it possible to streamline cross-breeding and have also allowed us to select some good varieties that combine productivity, tuber quality and anthracnose resistance, which are directly usable by producers. (Texte intégral)

Classification Agris : F30 - Plant genetics and breeding
H20 - Plant diseases
F60 - Plant physiology and biochemistry

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Arnau Gemma, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (GLP)
  • Némorin Alice
  • Maledon Erick, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (GLP)
  • Lambert Frédéric, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (GLP)
  • Nudol Elie, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (GLP)

Source : Cirad-Agritrop (https://agritrop.cirad.fr/580404/)

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