Start Date: Mar 21, 2011
End Date: Mar 20, 2016
The purpose of this project is to continue to identify Theobroma cacao germplasm that has been evaluated for disease resistance and quality/production traits and to import, quarantine and distribute such material. Research will be conducted to improve the efficacy of the procedures, which may lead to a shortening of the quarantine period. New material imported will be assayed through molecular fingerprinting in order to check for trueness to type. The diversity of plant material held will be utilised in physiological and other evaluation studies. A protocol will be developed in which accession data can be placed onto the GRIN-Global database.