Sayed N. Azam-Ali's research while affiliated with Crops for the Future and other places

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An evidence base was developed to facilitate adoption of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) in tropical environments [1]. Agro-ecological requirements data of hemp were acquired from international databases and was contrasted against local climate and soil conditions using an augmented species ecological niche modelling. The outputs were then used to map th...
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Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is a multipurpose industrial crop which is mainly cultivated in temperate regions. With its high potential for economic returns for its seeds and fiber, there is growing interest in cultivating hemp in many territories including Malaysia and other Asian countries, where its cultivation is currently illegal. To date, no com...
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Evidence based crop diversification requires modelling for crops that are currently neglected or underutilised. Crop model calibration is a lengthy and resource consuming effort that is typically done for a particular variety or a set of varieties of a crop. Whilst calibration data are widely available for major crops, such data are rarely availabl...
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Following the development of a database that was specifically designed to store value chain information, particularly for underutilised crops, this article describes the data that are currently stored in the database and accessible through the web portal. The data includes various datasets on utilisation status, agro-ecological requirements and sea...
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Digital agriculture is driven by the interrelated needs to increase crop production, develop sustainable food systems and cope with the global change. Databases exist for several major crops but a barrier to increasing agrobiodiversity is the lack, and dispersed nature, of information for variously termed minor, orphan or underutilised crops. In th...
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The diverse underutilised crops of Malaysia are a largely unexplored potential source of food and nutritional security. This study investigated Pouteria campechiana (Kunth) Baehni, which is considered as a rare underutilised crop found locally. The yellow pulp fruit is commonly known as canistel or "kuning telur" by the local population. The fruits...
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We investigated the macronutrient, selected mineral and fatty acid composition of Sacha inchi (SI) (Plukenetia volubikis L.) seeds harvested from the grounds of Crops Future, Malaysia. Macronutrient analysis was carried out on both fresh and roasted (160°C for 6 mins) SI seeds. Both fresh and roasted seeds were rich in crude fat (56.2%, 49.8%) and...
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Plectranthus rotundifolius (synonym: Solenostemon rotundifolius) (black potato) is an underutilised nutrient-rich crop that has the potential to contribute to food and nutritional security. We examined the macronutrient and selected mineral content of black potato bought at a morning market located in the state of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. The p...
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Soil data for Sri Lanka are available through semi-detailed series maps that were developed based on limited soil profile data combined with expert knowledge. This data plays a vital role in decisions at national and regional levels. However, the present format of this database does not allow for their wider use in crop simulation modelling and oth...
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Data from global soil databases are increasingly used for crop modelling, but the impact of such data on simulated crop yield has not been not extensively studied. Accurate yield estimation is particularly useful for yield mapping and crop diversification planning. In this article, available soil profile data across Sri Lanka were harmonised and co...
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In this experiment, proximal measurements and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) imagery was used to determine growth stages for bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.). The crop is a high potential crop due to its ability to yield in marginal environments, but neglected and underutilised due to lack of information on its growth in different e...
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Bambara groundnut (BG, Vigna subterranea) and moringa (Moringa oleifera) are underutilized crops that improve nutritional quality of diets locally. The objectives of this study were to measure the performance of both crops on a marginal soil, analyze the harvested plant parts and noodles produced from them, and to undertake taste testing and survey...
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Shortlisting ecologically adaptable plant species can be a starting point for agricultural diversification projects. We propose a rapid assessment framework based on an ecological model that can accelerate the evaluation of options for sustainable crop diversification. To test the new model, expert-defined and widely available crop requirement data...
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Main conclusion Bambara groundnut has the potential to be used to contribute more the climate change ready agriculture. The requirement for nitrogen fixing, stress tolerant legumes is clear, particularly in low input agriculture. However, ensuring that existing negative traits are tackled and demand is stimulated through the development of markets...
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Main conclusion Crops For the Future (CFF), as an entity, has established a broad range of research activities to promote the improvement and adoption of currently underutilised crops. Abstract This paper summarises selected research activities at Crops For the Future (CFF) in pursuit of its mission ‘to develop solutions for diversifying future ag...
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Bambara groundnut is an indigenous African legume crop plant. It is largely grown by subsistence farmers, but can also be used as a cash crop to supplement family income. The fact that it is highly drought tolerant means that it has considerably potential to provide part of food security in regions of the world where water availability is a serious...
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Experiments were conducted under controlled-environment conditions to investigate the influence of pre-sowing hydration on germination, emergence and seedling growth of three landraces of bambara groundnut. A study on the imbibition time course of landraces DodR, LunT and DipC indicated a triphasic pattern of water uptake leading to germination. Do...

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... The erratic domestication attempts for cannabis in the past century are due to its cultivation being heavily controlled in most parts of the world because of its use as a psychoactive recreational drug, although there has been substantial clandestine breeding for drug varieties (Russo, 2007). With increasing legalization and interest in the species there is considerable research and development into producing domesticated varieties that have altered secondary metabolites and are adapted for different climatic scenarios (Pattnaik et al., 2022;Wimalasiri et al., 2021). It is not yet clear how new domestication efforts, including those that use weedy germplasm and invasive populations of cannabis, may translate to ecological consequences, especially given the species' history as an agricultural and environmental weed (Reisinger et al., 2005;Small et al., 2003;Vavilov, 1926). ...
... One of the major drawbacks of selection of underutilised crops in different agroecological zones through the suitability assessment and yield prediction of underutilised crops is the lack of evaluation frameworks and models. However, with the growing concern in relation to neglected and underutilized crops, dedicated land evaluation frameworks and protocols [8,47,48] and crop models/modelling approaches [38,39,49,50] which show potential have been carried out in the recent past. Other than the method used here for crop selection, different approaches/frameworks as mentioned above can be tested to select the most suitable crops. ...
... The suitability assessment was performed using the method developed by Jahanshiri et al. [8]. The suitability of the 2492 UCs that are currently available in the Global Knowledge Base (GKB) for the underutilised crops database [5,27] was tested. Detailed data on species' niche requirements were obtained from the database. ...
... However, only three crops (wheat, maize, and rice) provide over 75% of the calorie requirements. At the global level, out of 300,000-500,000 higher plant species, about 30,000 are edible and approximately 7000 have been either cultivated or collected for human consumption [4,5]. Out of the 17 SDGs which focus on several critical global issues, the underutilised crops (UC) show the potential to contribute to SDG 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), 12 (responsible consumption and production), and 13 (climate action). ...
... According to the statistical analysis results, protein, pH, acidity and calorie values are increasing (p<0.05) with increasing canistel fruit content in the mixture. Canistel fruit is considered a good protein and carbohydrate-rich underutilized fruit [6]. So, it may be the reason for enhancing protein and calorie values of those treated samples. ...
... Aside from its productivity of crops, the ausa potato has ornamental, medicinal, culinary, and a variety of other purposes, including the production of perfume and alcoholic beverages ( Enyiukwu et al., 2014 ). Hausa potato is an underutilized nutrient-rich tuber that can contribute to food and nutritional security ( Sethuraman et al., 2020 ). It provides high calories and essential micronutrients to alleviate hunger in the time of starvation ( Kwarteng et al., 2018 ). ...
... This endemic crop of the South American Amazon is found mainly in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil. Other geographical regions of the world where Sacha inchi cultivation has flourished include China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia [1][2][3][4]. Its oleaginous plant has become a crop of economic importance for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. ...
... Additionally, a digital soil map of Nepal was recently developed and released by the Nepal Agricultural Research Council, and it provides fruitful sitespecific nutrient recommendations for agricultural crops in Nepal [126,127]. Likewise, studies are being conducted to generate digital soil maps in Bangladesh [128] and Sri Lanka [129]. ...
... To harmonize point vector input data into raster form, it is necessary to perform the prediction of soil values at unsampled locations by spatial interpolation [51]. The selection of the optimal method and parameters of spatial interpolation is a necessity for reliable modelling of the input criteria, which decreases significantly if they are not adjusted to the characteristics of the input values [52]. The relative complexity of such modelling, as well as subjectivity in the selection of the spatial interpolation method, parameters, and classification standards, suggest a potential reduction in human error by automating the process [53]. ...
... The awareness of the potential of BG as a climate-smart crop is expanding beyond its endemic areas (Jahanshiri et al., 2022). Recently, a total of USD 6 to 13 billion of yearly income to the global economy was predicted for BG using the mean potential areas with a modesty yield of 0.85 t/ha for one optimal season (June-September) with a modest price of 143 USD/T Hussin et al., 2020;Jahanshiri et al., 2022). Currently, in Nigeria, 50 kg of BG sells for N30,000 or USD 72.30, with a considerable profit from the sales of processed products (Onuche et al., 2020). ...