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A Tasty Tuber for the First State

The sweet potato is an inexpensive, nutritious source of carbohydrates and vitamins. While Louisiana and North Carolina are the largest U.S. producers of the tasty tuber, researchers at Delaware State University are looking to breed varieties that will thrive in the state’s unique climate and soil. The research team tested four varieties with distinct skin color, flesh color, and taste. All four did well during the 120-day growing period. The research could lead to new, low-cost produce options for low-income residents in the state.

NIFA supports this research through Evans-Allen funding.

Learn more about the Delaware State University research.

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Farm Bill Priority Areas
Plant health, production, and products;
Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health;
Agriculture economics and rural communities
U.S. States and Territories
Delaware
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