Pradheep K.,ICAR National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources ICAR NBPGR |
Rathi R.S.,Base Center |
Nayar E.R.,ICAR National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources ICAR NBPGR
Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution | Year: 2015
During survey and field collection of crop genetic resources in diverse parts of north east India, the authors came across Plukenetia corniculata Sm. under cultivation at field as well as homestead level for use as a leafy vegetable, a species otherwise known under cultivation from Southeast Asia. Its preference over other leafy vegetables by the Naga tribes was noted during market survey in Dimapur and Mokokchung districts of Nagaland. Apart from being delicious and easy to cultivate, higher nutritive values in the edible portion indicate its potential for popularization. Detailed information on botany, ecology, cultivation and utilization is provided here. Collecting more diverse germplasm, identifying elite types and their biochemical characterization, and developing standard cultivation practices would aid in popularising the crop at the country as well as regional level. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.