International Potato Center

The International Potato Center, known by its Spanish acronym CIP, was founded in 1971 as a root and tuber research-for-development institution delivering sustainable solutions to the pressing world problems of hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources. CIP is truly a global center, with headquarters in Lima, Peru and offices in 20 developing countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Working closely with partners, CIP seeks to achieve food security, increased well-being, and gender equity for poor people in the developing world.

Michigan State University

The Buell lab at MSU is working on annotating the two diploid Ipomoea genomes-Ipomoea trifida and Ipomoea triloba. They have released the initial annotation through a genome browser and associated search tools (see They are also working on assessments of the utility of these two reference diploid genomes for hexaploid sweet potato, a key to interpretation of the genetic mapping data to be developed in this project. The Buell lab is working with CIP to analyze transcriptome datasets of hexaploid sweet potato root development and abiotic stress that will be useful to understand key genes important to improving the quality of sweepotato.

Boyce Thompson Institute

The Boyce Thompson Institute makes fundamental discoveries in plant biology with support from federal and private grants. An important part of our mission is to identify basic research results that can be applied to commercial or humanitarian goals: to improve agriculture, enhance human health, protect the environment, and inspire future plant scientists.

University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is a public research university primarily located in Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, Australia. Founded in 1909 by the state parliament, UQ is Australia’s fifth oldest university and is colloquially known as a sandstone university. UQ is considered to be one of Australia’s leading universities, and is ranked as the 48th most reputable university in the world. The University of Queensland is a founding member of online higher education consortium edX, Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight, and the global Universitas 21 network.

Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA)

The Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform located at and managed by ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya. The platform increases access to world class laboratories for African and international scientists conducting research on African agricultural challenges. All research projects implemented at the BecA-ILRI Hub are directed towards delivering products to help improve food and nutritional security in Africa.

National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI)

National Crops Resources Research Institute(NaCRRI) is one of the six National Agricultural Research Institute (NARIS) under the policy guidance and co-ordination of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). NaCRRI is mandated to conduct, carry out research and knowledge generation for the following research programs: Legumes, Cassava, Maize, Rice, Horticulture and Oil Palm, and Sweetpotato.

CSIR - Crops Research Institute (CRI)

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) - Crops Research Institute (CRI) has a broad research mandate covering all food and industrial crops. These include maize, rice, Cowpea, soybean and groundnut. Others are Cassava, Yam, Cocoyam, Sweetpotato, Vegetables and Fruit crops, plantain and bananas.