Start Date: Aug 01, 2011
End Date: Jul 31, 2014
The USDA-ARS and the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) actively promotes research to improve sustainable crop production through environmentally safe means. The project will emphasize the coordination of research approaches and attempt to promote disease control by incorporating bio-control strategies, cultural practices, and disease resistance in cacao to capitalize on the molecular makeup of both the host and pathogen genomes. Working cooperatively, both parties will work to develop, analyze and utilize transcriptome data of cacao disease and disease causing organisms. The agreement allows for the exchange of visiting scientists from the Cooperator and ARS to fully implement this agreement. The agreement will promote international partnerships, research collaborations and cooperation with the USDA-ARS.