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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION SYSTEMS FOR TROPICAL TREE CROPS Project Number: 1275-22000-271-00
Project Type: Appropriated

Start Date: Aug 10, 2010
End Date: Apr 20, 2011

Objective:
Identify cacao genotypes with superior ability for establishment under conditions of environmental stress; Evaluate effects of tropical legume cover crops on factors affecting yield of cacao; Characterize and manage soil nutritional components essential for optimal cacao yield; Develop improved cacao crop management systems that maintain or improve environmental conditions.

Approach:
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.

Last Modified: 10/31/2014
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