Wild Taro Research Project

About Wild Taro Research Project

"Mapping Genetic Diversity in Taro to Test Domestication Theories" is a four-year (1 April 2017 - 31 March 2020) international research project supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS Kakenhi No. 17H04614).

Project updates will mainly appear in our project blog (use this link, or see menu above). A Wild Taro Working Group will also be developed here.

Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is an ancient root and vegetable crop of temperate and tropical regions of Africa, Eurasia, and Oceania. In recent centuries it also reached the Americas. We are attempting to learn more about the natural and cultural history of this crop, in Southeast Asia and beyond.

An application for JSPS funding was submitted in October 2016, and accepted in April 2017 (Kaken Grant. These are public funds administered through the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan, under the direction of the project leader, Dr Peter J. Matthews.

See profile and publications list at Museum website.

Publications related to this project can be found here: Researchgate profile.

Links to publications by other project members will be added to the Project website, as time permits.

Key documents and published papers related to this project, and authored by project members, will be added to the Project website as open-access files.


C. formosana, vic. Mt Polis, Philippines (PJM, 22nd Nov. 2011)

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