Plant Diversity ›› 1998, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (10): 1-3.

• Articles •    


LIU Pei-Ying,ZHANG Sheng-Lin,ZHANG Xing-Guo   

  1. Research Center ofKonjac,Southwe Agricultural, University,Chongqing 400716,China
  • Online:1998-12-26 Published:1998-12-26


In this article, the authors reviewed systematically the research works on konjac conducted mainly by the Research Cen-ter of Konjy, for Agricultural University as well as other organizations in the past l5 years including the resources, biolo-gy, agronomy, biochemistry medical science and usage of konjac. There have been about two thosand years of cultivation of konjac (elephant-foot yam) in China, but such cultivation was fragmentary and scattered around the growers, house, and the use was merely limited tO konjac curd for food. It was not until the l980s that the production of konjac on a area of land in-creased up quickly. The acreage under Amorphophallus (konjac) reached about 30,000 hectares. A new industry on a large scale was formed following the progress in agriculture and processing. The research work advanced vigorously. Scientific technology is promoging the development of the industry.

Key words: Amorphophallus, China, research, utilization