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Rising African cassava production, diseases due to high cyanide intake and control measures

Nhassico, Dulce; Muquingue, Humberto; Cliff, Julie; Cumbana, Arnaldo; Bradbury, James


Cassava is the staple food of tropical Africa and its production, averaged over 24 countries, has increased more than threefold from 1980 to 2005, and the population has more than doubled over that time compared with a 1.5 times increase worldwide. Agriculturally, cassava performs very well but the roots and leaves contain cyanogenic glucosides that are dangerous to human health. These cyanogens sometimes produce acute intoxication leading to death, they exacerbate goitre and cretinism in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.3337


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