Journal of Biodiversity, Bioprospecting and Development

ISSN: 2376-0214

Open Access

Emily Jepkosgei Too

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Eldoret, Eldoret, Kenya

  • Research Article   
    Identification and Distribution of Wild Yam in North Rift, South Nyanza and Western Regions of Kenya
    Author(s): Joseph Rotich Chemwetich*, Emily Jepkosgei Too and Onkware Augustino Osoro

    Yams (Dioscorea spp.), especially the non-domesticated wild types, are orphan food resources in Kenya. There is minimal documentation on wild yam diversity in Kenya, despite the fact that they are harvested for a variety of uses, and are threatened with rapid disappearance due to habitat loss. To contribute to their conservation and preserve indigenous knowledge for potential development of new cultivars and future research, the identity and diversity of wild yams in some parts of Kenya was investigated. Sixty (60) wild yam accessions from thirteen (13) surveyed, selected and georeferenced localities including Kombosang (KB1), Moigutwo (MB1), Kasaka (KB2), Mormorio (MB2a and MB2b), Kapkwang (KB3a, KB3b and KB3as) and Katimok Forest (KB4a and KB4b), Kolol (KEa, KEb and KEc), Turesia (TE, TEs1 and TEs2), Kapseret Forest (KUa, KUb and KUc), Chepsangor (CN1a), Chepkomiat (CN2a and CN2b), .. Read More»

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