41. Cassava Genetic Improvement: Omics Approaches for Facing Global Challenges

  1. Dr. Narendra Tuteja4,5,
  2. Dr. Sarvajeet Singh Gill4,6,
  3. Prof. Antonio F. Tiburcio7 and
  4. Dr. Renu Tuteja4
  1. Yoshimi Umemura1,
  2. Rane Jagadish1,
  3. Motoaki Seki2,
  4. Yoshinori Utsumi2,
  5. Jarunya Narangajavana3 and
  6. Manabu Ishitani1

Published Online: 30 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9783527632930.ch41

Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress, Volume 1 & Volume 2

Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress, Volume 1 & Volume 2

How to Cite

Umemura, Y., Jagadish, R., Seki, M., Utsumi, Y., Narangajavana, J. and Ishitani, M. (2012) Cassava Genetic Improvement: Omics Approaches for Facing Global Challenges, in Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress, Volume 1 & Volume 2 (eds N. Tuteja, S. S. Gill, A. F. Tiburcio and R. Tuteja), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527632930.ch41

Editor Information

  1. 4

    International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Plant Molecular Biology Group, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110 067, India

  2. 5

    MD University, Centre for Biotechnology, Rohtak 124 001, Haryana, India

  3. 6

    Aligarh Muslim University, Department of Botany, Aligarh 202 002, Uttar Pradesh, India

  4. 7

    Universitat de Barcelona, Unitat de Fisiologia Vegetal, Facultat de Farmàcia, Av. Joan XXIII, S/N, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Agrobiodiversity Research Area, Km 17, Recta Cali-Palmira, Apartado Aéreo 6713, Cali, Colombia

  2. 2

    RIKEN Plant Science Center, Plant Genomic Network Research Team, Plant Functional Genomics Research Group, 1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230-0045, Japan

  3. 3

    Mahidol University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biotechnology, Plant Biochemistry and Molecular, Genetics Laboratory, Rama 6 Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527328406

Online ISBN: 9783527632930



  • cassava;
  • drought tolerance;
  • genomics;
  • moisture stress;
  • phenomics;
  • phenotyping


Cassava is a staple food crop that ensures food security and is a source of income generation for poor farmers in the tropics of many Asian and African countries that are highly prone to harsh and unfavorable environments especially in the context of climate changes. Improving tolerance to abiotic stresses such as drought in this crop is a big challenge as it has substantial tolerance to drought compared to other crops. There has been little investment in employing advanced breeding technology for genetic improvement of cassava, though we have now an increased access to emerging advanced tools in genomics, transcriptomics, phenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics for that can enhance our capacity to understand stress responses and tolerance in plants.

In this chapter, we have reviewed challenges and opportunities for improving productivity of cassava by integrating omics with conventional breeding. The chapter highlights efforts and vision of International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT; http://www.ciat.cgiar.org) toward a comprehensive evaluation of germplasm, establishment of the transformation and phenotyping platform, and development of genomic tools for deriving the requisite information for developing effective strategies for molecular breeding for high-yield and high-value cassava under stress conditions. The chapter also deals with possible strategies to accelerate development of elite cassava cultivars by integration of the advanced technologies.