Knowledge for Development

International network for edible aroids

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Date: 14/09/2012

Introduction:

The International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA) is a global consortium of scientists and growers, formed to work on Colocasia and Xanthosoma under a project entitled: ‘Adapting Clonally Propagated Crops to Climatic and Commercial Change’. A 5-year EU-assisted project, INEA will use edible aroids as a model to improve clonally propagated crops of the tropics, which are difficult to adapt to new conditions as they rarely flower and set seed. In order to overcome the constraints such as climate change, pests and diseases, market needs, etc., INEA will help countries bring together plants with varied genetic backgrounds, assist with breeding strategies, and demonstrate the use of modern biotechnologies to facilitate the work. In the process, it will develop a network of scientists and farmers exchanging information and germplasm under the auspices of international treaties.