The 7th Most Important Crop Gets a Makeover from North Carolina State University

Do you know what the world’s seventh most important crop is? Sweet potatoes have increased in popularity lately with sweet potato fries and sweet potato casseroles, and researchers at North Carolina State University are investigating how to make this beloved potato even more nutritious.

The team at NC State University will research the genetics of the sweet potato to optimize the crop’s nutrition and adaptability to specific regions. Their work will help alleviate hunger and malnutrition by increasing access to this nutritious crop.

How do you research a vegetable’s genetics? The NC State University team has two ideas here.  

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