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Yam: a neglected and underutilized crop in Brazil

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MVBM Siqueira [1]
Total Authors: 1
[1] USP. ESALQ. Lab. Ecologia Evolutiva e Genética Aplicada
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: Horticultura Brasileira; v. 29, n. 1, p. 16-20, 2011-03-00.

In Brazil current studies and investments on yams are incipient. Similarly, the literature in recent decades lacks adequate information on this group of plants. The existing literature, on its turn, requires more than ever to be revised and organized. Yams have joined the so-called "neglected" group of crops for several reasons, but particularly because they are associated with poor and traditional communities. Many vegetables introduced in Brazil during the colonization period have adapted to different cropping systems, yams being an excellent example. This diversity resulted very widespread, yet poorly recognized in the country. In turn, the gardens using traditional farming systems continue to maintain and enhance yam local varieties. Studies from other countries, with an emphasis on characterization and genetic breeding, brought to light an urgent need for Brazil to invest in yams as a food rich in carbohydrates, even to the point of alterations in food public policy. Reversal of the yam's current stigma is both a challenge to the scientific community and to the population as a whole. This paper aims to raise pertinent questions about Dioscorea species, an important key group for many communities in tropical countries, yet still unrecognized as so in Brazil. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 07/07222-8 - Genetic diversity characterization of water yam (Dioscorea alata) with microsatellites markers
Grantee:Marcos Vinícius Bohrer Monteiro Siqueira
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate