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Cassava, comment ça va?
Since the domestication of plants, we often interrupt the cycle of their ecosystems to fit our ecosystem needs, and sometimes we forget to ask “Comment ça va?” How are you doing? Now, researchers are doing just that for the cassava plant. Cassava is a staple food, in Sub-Saharan Africa, but also gaining popularity in developed nations as an alternative ingredient in foods. Despite its importance and gains in popularity, this crop has nearly been forgotten by crop researchers and was recently facing the threat of production losses due to disease, pests and genetic decay.