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Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of Underutilised Taro to Increase Food Security and Improve Livelihoods of Marginalised Communities Faced with Climate Change
Introduction of new taro varieties, Philippines
Date: July 2021
Philippines has identified two taro varieties for the project
Two varieties of taro code named PHL32960 and PHL32962 were identified and selected for their high yield potential in terms of corm size and weight, acceptable percent protein, percent Nitrogen Free Extract (NFE), percent crude fiber and percent ash.

The varieties possess the following properties:

  • Collection from Nueva Ecija
  • Green to purple tinge in the lamina with medium plant height (60 cm) and span of 59 cm
  • With pink to purple petioles
  • Produces medium sized corms, and with more than 10 cormels / plant
  • One of the lowest Oxalate Content in corms (126 OA/100)
  • Collection from Isabela Province
  • Green leaves with light purple top petiole and green on its mid and basal petiole
  • Produces 1-5 stolons
  • Produces medium sized cormels
  • Nutrient rich in terms of protein content (5.02%), crude fat (0.57%), and nitrogen free extract (39.86%), low moisture content (53.02%)
In-vitro processes involving inoculation into test tubes and multiplication were carried out on both varieties.

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