Dr. Ranjana Bhattacharjee

Breeding a More Resilient Yam in West Africa

Dr. Ranjana Bhattacharjee is using whole-genome sequencing to understand the crop’s evolution and generate improved varieties

In many tropical countries, yams are known as the “king of crops.” Worldwide, they’re the fourth most utilized root and tuber crop—after potatoes, cassavas, and sweet potatoes—and they feed hundreds of millions of people.

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