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Evolution and diversification of East African sweet potato crop wild relatives, Ipomoea L. (Convolvulaceae).

In Kenya, persistent drought and population increase drive up food demands, threatening food security. Advanced genomic techniques will be used to investigate the evolution and diversification of sweet potato wild relatives, with focused sampling of the understudied Eastern African species; thus, providing analytical tools for biodiversity conservation, and food security strategies in the face of climate change for the region.

Date:1 Oct 2021 →  Today
Keywords:Climate change, phylogenetics, Kenya, crop resilience, Ipomoea, drought, food security, sweet potato, conservation
Disciplines:Plant systematics and taxonomy, Conservation and biodiversity, Phylogeny and comparative analysis