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Sweetpotato Square One - Who Will Save the Life Saver? (written by Elsa Matthus)

last modified Aug 11, 2017 03:55 PM

Sweetpotato Square One

The domesticated sweetpotato has many wild relatives, surviving on their own in rough conditions in various parts of the Americas. Breeders want to use the strengths of those wild sweetpotatoes in their crop improvement programmes, but they grumble about how much work it is. A group of tough scientists from Peru, Mozambique and the USA has accepted the challenge.

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Find out about Crop Wild Relatives.


Elsa Matthus is a 2014 cohort PhD student in the BBSRC DTP Programme. She works in the lab of Dr Julia Davies in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. As part of the DTP Programme she completed a rotation project with Professor Ottoline Leyser at The Sainsbury Lab and undertook an internship at The Global Crop Diversity Trust in Germany, where she gained first-hand experience in data management and public outreach.

Read Elsa's excellent article about lentils here.