SAN DIEGO (GenomeWeb News) – Members of the Next Generation Cassava Breeding project are gearing up to implement genomic selection in cassava breeding in sub-Saharan Africa — a strategy that's expected to help breeders of the staple crop develop new cassava varieties more quickly.

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