Big data drives solutions to global challenges
Ortiz explained that CIP is increasingly tapping the power of big data to enhance its work, from the conservation of biodiversity held in its genebank, to breeding climate-resilient crop varieties, to developing agronomic tools that enable men and women farmers to produce more nutritious food.
The genebank has digitalized and increased the information available on the approximately 20,000 accessions it safeguards – among the world’s largest collections of potato, sweetpotato and Andean root and tuber agrobiodiversity. A growing number of those accessions have been genotyped and screened for useful traits, such as disease resistance or heat tolerance. That information is being made available to scientists across the globe through the genebank website and bioinformatics pipelines established under G2P-SOL – an international research alliance focused on potato, tomato, peppers and eggplant.
October 18, 2020
International Potato Center (CIP)