Start Date: Aug 10, 2010
End Date: Apr 20, 2011
The goals of this project are to develop best management practices, evaluate the potential of cover crops and to assess the changes of soil quality factors that contribute to soil fertility and productivity of cacao. Research will be conducted under controlled growth conditions to evaluate the influence of biotic factors on growth and nutrient use efficiency of the selected crops. Funded and non funded specific cooperative agreements have been or will be established with government and NGO research institutes and universities in the U.S., Brazil, Peru countries of the Caribbean Basin to carry out greenhouse and field plot research.