Date: 15 Jul 2010


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Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is the most important crop among the tropical root and tuber crops (Pujol et al., 2002; Meireles da Silva et al., 2003). Along with maize (Zea mays L.), sugarcane (Saccharum spp.), and rice (Oryza sativa L.), cassava is among the most important sources of energy in the diet of most tropical countries of the world.