Biodiversity and Domestication of Yams in West Africa — Ebook

Traditional Practices Leading to Dioscorea rotundata Poir.

Authors : Alexandre Dansi, Jeanne Zoundjihèkpon, Roland Dumont, Philippe Vernier
Publication : 2006-07-17
Language : English
Pages : 104
Publisher : Quae
ISBN 10 : 275920149X
ISBN : 9782759201495
Categories : Nature / Plants / General, Technology & engineering / Agriculture / Tropical Agriculture, Technology & engineering / Agriculture / Agronomy / Crop Science

A study of yam domestication practices among smallholders has provided an insight into how farmers exploit wild plant genetic resources so as to adapt them to agriculture. This book describes the domestication operations leading to Dioscorea rotundata yams in Africa. The biodiversity of these yams and of their wild relatives is investigated, and the authors put forward hypotheses to explain the phenotypic changes resulting from smallholder practices. These hypotheses could be possible lines of research for breeders.

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