BSF Taro BSF Taro
Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of Underutilised Taro to Increase Food Security and Improve Livelihoods of Marginalised Communities Faced with Climate Change
New taro germplasm accessions, Philippines
Date: July 2021
Philippines has collected new taro accessions from various localities across the country
47 new taro accessions have been collected from different localities and these have been encoded in the National Plant Genetic Resources Laboratory (NPGRL) multi-crop database systems of PHLGRIS. The localities where the accessions were collected:
  • Oriental Mindoro (16)
  • Albay (12)
  • Camarines Sur (2)
  • Laguna (3)
  • Cavite (5)
  • Quezon Province (7)

Morphological characterization of germplasm accessions

The team also worked on morphological characterization of germplasm accessions conserved at NPGRL in early January 2021 and almost two thirds were characterised from plant growth habit to inflorescence traits. About half were characterized up to root and corm data.
Photodiversity of taro accessions characterized
Observed pests and diseases in NPGRL taro genebank field
Diseases and insects in the field like taro leaf blight, cutworm and Sphingid caterpillar were observed and confirmed by Institute of Plant Breeding's pathologist and entomologist. Some images are shown below:
For more details and images, please refer to the report below under the 'Document' heading. To access the report, please login here.
BSF Taro
User login
Taro database system
BSF Taro
© 2021 BSF - Taro. All rights reserved.