National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI/NARO)
Weevil resistant sweet potato for table stock consumption
Sweet potato is an important food security crop whose potential has not been fully exploited in Uganda due to severe SPW damage and limited diversification of utilization. To spur the development of processing type orange-fleshed sweet potato varieties (OFSP), this project seeks to identify superior parental germplasm for inclusion in the breeding pipeline. SPWs cause up to 100% yield losses. The precision of SPW phenotyping through digital applications will be critical for rapid improvement of SPW resistance.
Research objectives include: