Growth and nutritive value of cassava ( Manihot sculent Cranz) are reduced when grown in elevated CO 2
Global food security in a changing climate depends on both the nutritive value of staple crops as well as their yields. Here, we examined the direct effect of atmospheric CO2 on cassava (Manihot esculenta Cranz., manioc), a staple for 750 million people worldwide. Cassava is poor in nutrients and contains high levels of cyanogenic glycosides that break down to release toxic hydrogen cyanide when damaged. We grew cassava at three concentrations of CO2 (Ca: 360, 550 and 710ppm) supplied together...[Show more]
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