Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 3, Issue 3&4,2005
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Potentiality of cassava cultivars as a source of carotenoids


Nagib Nassar 1*, Carla Simone Vizzotto 2, Humberto Lima da Silva 2, Carlos Alberto Schwartz 2, Osmindo Rodrigues Pires Júnior 2

Recieved Date: 2005-04-05, Accepted Date: 2005-09-19


Vitamin A deficiency results in progressive eye damage. It is a serious problem in the northern and northern east Brazil. Screening some cassava clones and interspecific hybrids for its precursors revealed high level of lutein and trans-β-carotene in a clone namely UnB-400, it has its roots content reaching 236 and 1.24 mg/kg respectively combined to an excellent palatibility. An interspecific hybrid of cassava with M. olignatha showed its leaves to have 9108 mg/kg compared to 780 mg/kg in common cultivars.


Carotene, protein content, interspecific hybrid, palatability

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2005
Volume: 3
Issue: 3&4
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 33-35

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