This is the first time I see with my own eyes the gigantic tuber (underground storage organ) of “Uwi” (Dioscorea alata). “Uwi” is an underutilized crop and as a source of carbohydrate. In certain areas in Indonesia, “Uwi” has been used as the main carbohydrate source and the main dietary food.
“Uwi” is the subject of Aser Yalindua’s PhD. dissertation research. Aser Yalindua – PhD. dissertation research characterizes “Uwi” (Dioscorea alata) germplasm collections originated from Banggai, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. He has been growing this crop for two season in Manado and one season in Bogor. His “Uwi” planting in Bogor has just been harvested in March 2012. Aser Yalindua PhD. dissertation research is under the direction of Prof. Sudarsono (Codorinator), Prof. MH. Bintoro, and Dr. Asep Setiawan.
Aser Yalindua is an S3 (PhD.) candidate working at PMB Lab, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB, Bogor. He is a permanent staff of Universitas Negeri Manado, Manado-North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
All PMB Lab staffs and associated graduate students congratulate Aser Yalindua for his success in harvesting the first planting of “Uwi” in Bogor. We hope that he will be able to complete his PhD. program in IPB soon.