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Title: Taro (Colocasia Esculenta (L.) Schott) in the Atolls and Low Islands of Micronesia 
Author: Manner, Harley I.
Date: 1993-01
Publisher: University of Hawaii
Citation: Manner HI. 1993. Taro (Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott) in the atolls and low islands of Micronesia. In: Ferentinos L, editor. Proceedings of the Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference. Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference; 1992 Sept 24-25; Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii. p. 88-100.
Abstract: In comparison to Cyrtospenna chamissonis, Pandanus tectorius, and breadfruit (Artocapus altitis and A. mariennensis), the significance and cultivation of Colocasia
esculenta (L.) Schott in the atolls and low islands of Micronesia are not well known. In some atolls, the species is represented by many cultivars. The changeover in these
varieties is sometimes rapid. The productivity of Colocasia
taro in the atolls is not well documented.
This paper considers the geographic distribution and cultural ecology of Colocasia esculenta with respect to the
atoll environment. The cultivation of Colocasia esculenta, problems posed by the atoll environment and the impacts of socio-economic change, and the significance of cultivar diversity are discussed. This study is based on observations, fieldwork, and a review of the literature.
Series/Report No.: Research Extension Series
Pages/Duration: 13 pages
ISSN: 0271-9916
Keywords: atolls, Colocasia esculenta, cultivars, genetic variation, Micronesia, taro

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