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Crop Wild Relatives (CWR)-derived potatoes for climate change resilience of farming communities in Kenya and Peru

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Project Description
Crop wild relatives carry valuable traits to sustain agriculture under climate change. The aim of Phase II of this project is to validate and advance climate-change resilient pre-bred potato selections developed in Phase I, in target environments with joint decisions involving breeders, farmers and partners, toward variety release and uptake by vulnerable farming communities. Phase II will validate and incorporate Late blight (LB) resistance and drought tolerance from CWR- derived pre-breeding hybrid material into advanced heat-tolerant breeding populations and into new and self-compatible lines to enable hybrid breeding by means of creating 2x inbred lines. Trait preferences and appreciation of LB and Bacterial wilt (BW) resistant tetraploid bred material will be assessed in target environments in Peru and Kenya. Meanwhile, drought tolerance from CWR sources identified in Phase I will be validated in Peru and introduced into the cultivated genepool.
Institute Name
International Potato Center (CIP)
Institute Country
List of Countries
  • Kenya
  • Peru
Program Name
Crop Wild Relatives
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Start Date
1st of May 2018
End Date
30th of September 2020
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