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Research Project: Comparative Analyses of the Disease Mechanisms Utilized by Various Pathogens of Theobroma Cacao

Location: Sustainable Perennial Crops

Project Number: 1245-21220-252-21
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 01, 2011
End Date: Jul 31, 2014

To focus on the genetic analyses of disease mechanisms of various pathogens of Theobroma cacao that affects its production. This includes the comparison of phytopathogenic genomic characteristics, gene discovery, functional and bioinformatics analyses. This data will be used to develop disease models; identify candidate genes and study gene function and expression. This agreement will formalize the research collaboration between Cooperator and USDA/ARS to facilitate the objectives stated above. This agreement will facilitate the development and implementation of novel approaches to control diseases of cacao and control measures that are consistent with sustainable crop production strategies.

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.

Last Modified: 8/19/2014
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