Cassava

Authored by: Satya S. Narina , Damaris Odeny

Handbook of Bioenergy Crop Plants

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  April  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439816844
eBook ISBN: 9781315099255
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b11711-16

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Abstract

Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz), also known as yuca, manihoc, and mandioca in Spanish, French, and Portuguese, respectively, belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae. The Euphorbiaceae family contains many flowering plants with 300 genera and approximately 7500 species. The other important members of this family include castor oil plant (Ricinus communis), barbados nut (Jatropha curcas), para rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), and many ornamental plants.

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