Variability in carotenoid content among introduced yellow-fleshed cassava clones

Cassava is important in semi-arid Kenya. However, the crop is low in micronutrients including beta-carotene. A total of 129 high beta-carotene cassava clones from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) were established in Kenya. Root samples were collected for carotenoid quantification by high performance liquid chromatography and spectrophotometry methods. Root yield of the clones ranged from 26.5-85 tons/ha. Mean root cyanogenic potential was 3.84. Carotenoid content ranged from 23-2232 µg/100g. The clones were ranked on basis of carotenoid content, root yield, cyanogenic potential and availability of planting material. The top ten clones in the rank were selected for incorporation in the carotenoid content trait in local varieties.
Dans la partie semi-aride du Kenya, la culture du manioc est d’une importance capitale. Cependant, la récolte est faible en micronutrients y compris le bêta-carotène. Un total de 129 clones de manioc avec haut bêta-carotène de l’institut international de l’agriculture tropicale (IITA) ont été établis au Kenya. Des échantillons de racine ont été rassemblés pour la quantification de carotenoïde par des méthodes de chromatographie liquide et de spectrophotométrie de haute performance. Le rendement de racine des clones s’est étalé de 26.5 à 85 tonnes/ha. Le potentiel cyanogénique moyen de racine était 3.84. Le contenu de carotenoïde s’est étendu de 23 à 2232 µg/100g. Les clones ont été rangés sur base de la teneur en carotenoïde, du rendement de racine, du potentiel cyanogénique et de la disponibilité de la matière végétale. Les dix principaux clones dans la classification ont été choisis pour l’incorporation du trait de contenu de carotenoïde dans des variétés locales.
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