Yam planting is an important activity in African farming systems. This work is showing the effectiveness of using single-node vine cuttings to provide an already growing yam plants, which could be transplanted to the farmlands to yield seed yam that can subsequently yield ware yam. This was previously thought impossible as yam farming involves cutting yam tubers into plant-able small sizes, but this article and others like it have shown that it is possible to use alternative planting materials like single node vine cuttings. we have use screen house experiments to confirm vine-cuttings survive-ability and response variations among different yam varieties.
Our findings show that single-node vine cuttings could provide an already growing yam plants, which could be transplanted to the farmlands by farmers, to yield seed yam that can subsequently yield ware yam. Thus, the old strategies of cutting yam tubers for planting, thereby competing with availability of yam tubers to consumers, are no longer needed as much more better alternatives as vine cuttings propagation among others are already available as better alternative that is gradually being appreciated.
Doing this research and writing this article has been a great pleasure as it has co-authors with whom I have had long standing relationships and collaborations. This article also lead to helping solution-seeking farmers contacting me and ultimately to a greater involvement in Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa through NACGRAB.Dr Afolayan A, PhD
Proceedings of 6th NSCB Biodiversity Conference; Uniuyo 2018
AFOLAYAN, Adedotun Onoyinka et al. 2018. Comparative Response of Five Varieties of Dioscorea Species (Yam) to Rapid MicroPropagation Using Single Node Vine Cuttings: A Measure Towards Income Generation, Food Security and Biodiversity Conservation in Nigeria. Proceedings of 6th NSCB Biodiversity Conf