Control of Konzo and Kits to Determine Cassava Cyanide and Urinary Thiocyanate

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Konzo Prevention Group
Division of Ecology and Evolution
Research School of Biology
College of Science
The Australian National University
46 Sullivan’s Creek Road
Acton ACT 2601

T: +61 2 6125 6422
F: +61 2 6125 5573


Linking Organisations

  1. Division of Evolution, Ecology & Genetics, Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Canberra, is thanked for supporting research on konzo and cyanide in cassava by providing facilities for research and development on cassava cyanide diseases and for facilitating the production of this web page. Website
  2. Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries (IPBO), Ghent University, B-9000, Ghent, Belgium. Professor Fernand Lambein is the Coordinator of Cassava Cyanide diseases and Neurolathyrism Network (CCDNN) and Editor of CCDN News. Website
  3. The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) now replaces the former AusAID, which funded our work on the control of konzo using the wetting method in 12 villages in DRC and 3 villages in Mozambique, over the period 2011-June 2014. We thank AusAID now Australian Aid, and DFAT for their financial support.Website:
  4. The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Canberra, funded research and production of picrate kits for determination of total cyanide in cassava roots and flour and urinary thiocyanate and for their supply, free of charge, to health workers and agriculturalists in developing countries. ACIAR also funded longitudinal monitoring in Nampula Province, Mozambique until 2004. We thank ACIAR for financial support. Website:
  5. The Kyeema Foundation funded testing in 2004-6 of the wetting method. Website: