19. Adaptation of Cassava to Changing Climates

  1. Shyam S. Yadav PhD4,
  2. Robert J. Redden PhD5,
  3. Jerry L. Hatfield PhD6,
  4. Hermann Lotze-Campen PhD7 and
  5. Anthony E. Hall PhD8
  1. Hernán Ceballos1,
  2. Julian Ramirez1,2,
  3. Anthony C. Bellotti1,
  4. Andy Jarvis1,3 and
  5. Elizabeth Alvarez1

Published Online: 18 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470960929.ch28

Crop Adaptation to Climate Change

Crop Adaptation to Climate Change

How to Cite

Ceballos, H., Ramirez, J., Bellotti, A. C., Jarvis, A. and Alvarez, E. (2011) Adaptation of Cassava to Changing Climates, in Crop Adaptation to Climate Change (eds S. S. Yadav, R. J. Redden, J. L. Hatfield, H. Lotze-Campen and A. E. Hall), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470960929.ch28

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Agriculture—Capacity Development, Civilian Technical Assistance Program, General Directorate of Programs, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock, Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan

  2. 5

    Australian Temperate Field Crops Collection, Grains Innovation Park, The Department of Primary Industries, Private Bag 260, Horsham, Victoria 3401, Australia

  3. 6

    USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, 2110 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50011, United States of America

  4. 7

    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), P.O. Box 601203, 14412 Potsdam, Germany

  5. 8

    Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0124, United States of America

Author Information

  1. 1

    International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), AA 6713, Km 17 recta Cali-Palmira, Cali, Colombia

  2. 2

    CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), School of Earth and Environment University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

  3. 3

    CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 23 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813820163

Online ISBN: 9780470960929



  • postharvest physiological deterioration;
  • vegetative reproduction;
  • Ecocrop model;
  • herbicide tolerance;
  • biotic stresses;
  • abiotic stresses


Cassava is among the most important staple crops grown in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It has a remarkable and well recognized adaptation to marginal growing conditions due to its perennial growth habit. When there are biotic and/or abiotic stresses the plant can become dormant until favorable growing conditions return. This characteristic provides flexibility and plasticity for the plant to adapt to changes in the environment. Cassava is vegetatively propagated but sexual reproduction is relatively easy and, therefore, conventional breeding does not have particular problems. The multiplication rate of vegetative propagation, however, is low. From one plant only 7-10 cuttings can typically be obtained. Climate change will likely require replacement of varieties. Consequently, rapid multiplication schemes will be required to overcome the low multiplication rate of cassava. Overall, cassava production is expected to be favored by predicted changes in the climate (with few relatively small exceptions). Breeding and research strategies to prepare cassava for the expected changes in climate include developing herbicide-tolerant cassava through the use of wild relatives and integrated pest and diseases management approaches.