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Current status on global sweetpotato cultivation and its prior tasks of mass production
J Plant Biotechnol 2018;45:190-195
Published online September 30, 2018
© 2018 The Korean Society for Plant Biotechnology.

Ho Soo Kim, Chan-Ju Lee, So-Eun Kim, Chang Yoon Ji, Sung-Tai Kim, Jin-Seog Kim, Sangyong Kim, Sang-Soo Kwak

Plant Systems Engineering Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), Yuseong, Daejeon 34141, Korea
Research & Development Center, Korea Scientific Technique Industry Co., Ltd., 67, Saneop-ro 92, Gwonseon-gu, Suwon-si 16643, Korea
Research Center for Eco-Friendly New Materials, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), Yuseong, Daejeon 34114, Korea
Green Chemistry and Materials Group, Korea Institute Technology (KITECH), Cheonan-si, 31056 Chungcheongnamdo, Korea
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Received September 17, 2018; Revised September 17, 2018; Accepted September 21, 2018.
cc This is an Open-Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Sweetpotato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam] represents an attractive starch crop that can be used to facilitate solving global food and environmental problems in the 21st century. It can be used as industrial bioreactors to produce various high value-added materials, including bio-ethanol, functional feed, antioxidants, as well as food resources. The non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) announced sweetpotato as one of the ten ‘super foods’ for better health, since it contains high levels of low molecular weight antioxidants such as vitamin-C, vitamin-E and carotenoids, as well as dietary fiber and potassium. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) also reported that sweetpotato is the best bioenergy crop among starch crops on marginal lands, that does not affect food security. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that world population in 2050 will be 9.7 billion, and require approximately 1.7 times more food than today. In this respect, sweetpotato will be a solution to solving problems such as food, energy, health, and environment facing the globe in the 21st century. In this paper, the current status of resources, and cultivation of sweetpotato in the world was first described. Development of a new northern route of the sweetpotato and its prior tasks of large scale cultivation of sweetpotato, were also described in terms of global food security, and production of high-value added biomaterials.
Keywords : Sweetpotato, Mass production, Food security, Biomaterials, Marginal land, Genetic resources

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