Sweetpotato in China

  • L. Zhang
  • Q. Wang
  • Q. Liu
  • Q. Wang

Although several routes for the introduction of sweetpotato to China have been proposed, the leading opinion is that sweetpotato was brought first into Fujian via the sea (Ho, 1955; O’Brien, 1972; Anonymous, 1990a). It was said that an overseas Chinese businessman named Zhenlong Chen brought sweetpotato from Luzon in the Philippines to Fujian of China. It was Zhenlong Chen’s son, Qinglun Chen, who presented sweetpotato, together with his explanations of the “six benefits and eight advantages” of the plant, to the governor of Fujian. The year 1594 was a famine year, and a huge area of crops was destroyed. Sweetpotato was brought to the attention of the governor. Consequently, he issued brochures on know-how of sweetpotato cultivation and ordered farmers to grow it extensively, in order to stave off famine. Sweetpotato was named “Jinshu” (golden root) at that time, because the storage roots harvested from sweetpotato saved a great number of people’s lives during the famine.


Sweet Potato Somatic Hybrid Seed Tuber Storage Root Embryogenic Cell Suspension 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Zhang
    • 1
  • Q. Wang
    • 2
  • Q. Liu
    • 2
  • Q. Wang
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Field Crops, Shandong Academy of Agricultural Science,Yangling 712100P.R.China
  2. 2.Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, College of HorticultureNorthwest University of Agriculture and ForestryYangling 712100P.R.China

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