Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New Close Wild-Relative Of Sweet Potato Is Discovered by Oxford Tea

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food is an interdisciplinary programme of research and policy engagement concerning all aspects of the food system, based at the University of Oxford. Link


 Ipomoea lactifera Wood & Scotland
a new endemic species of
 Ipomoea

 from Bolivia characteristic of humid
forest on the Andean foothills.
 Photo credit to Robert Scotland.
As part of an ongoing monographic study of the genus Ipomoea (morning glories) that contains the domesticated sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) Robert Scotland and John Wood from the Department of Plant Sciences have recently described 18 new species of morning glory from Bolivia with one species, Ipomoea lactifera, identified as a close wild-relative of sweet potato. This newly discovered relative may have implications for the conservation of the sweet potato crop as a genetic resource. 

Further details of the project can be found at http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/science-blog/creating-fast-track-accurately-classifying-plants and the publication can be accessed at http://www.springer.com/-/2/AU_yD0s52brxj7RSZdi1



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