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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Genetic Improvement of Cacao Through Genomics-Assisted Breeding

Location: Subtropical Horticulture Research

Title: The Genome of the Most Widely Cultivated Cacao Type and Its Use to Identify Candidate Genes Regulating Traits: Pod Color as an Example

item Motamayor, Juan Carlos -
item Mockaitis, Keithanne -
item Schmutz, Jeremy -
item Haiminen, Niina -
item Livingstone Iii, Donald -
item Cornejo, Omar -
item Findley, Seth -
item Zheng, Ping -
item Utro, Filippo -
item Royaert, Stefan -
item Saski, Christopher -
item Jenkins, Jerry -
item Podicheti, Ram -
item Zhao, Meixia -
item Scheffler, Brian
item Feltus, Alex -
item Amores, Freddy -
item Phillips, Wilberth -
item Marelli, Jean-Philippe -
item May, Gregory -
item Shapiro, Howard-Yana -
item Ma, Jianxin -
item Bustamante, Carlos -
item Schnell, Raymond -
item Main, Dorrie -
item Gilbert, Don -
item Parida, Laxmi -
item Kuhn, David

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 13, 2013
Publication Date: January 13, 2013
Citation: Motamayor, J., Mockaitis, K., Schmutz, J., Haiminen, N., Livingstone Iii, D.S., Cornejo, O., Findley, S.D., Zheng, P., Utro, F., Royaert, S., Saski, C., Jenkins, J., Podicheti, R., Zhao, M., Scheffler, B.E., Feltus, A.F., Amores, F.M., Phillips, W., Marelli, J., May, G.D., Shapiro, H., Ma, J., Bustamante, C., Schnell, R.J., Main, D., Gilbert, D., Parida, L., Kuhn, D.N. 2013. The Genome of the Most Widely Cultivated Cacao Type and Its Use to Identify Candidate Genes Regulating Traits: Pod Color as an Example . Meeting Abstract. Plant and Animal Genome Meeting XXI, January 12-16, 2013 San Diego, CA.

Technical Abstract: Theobroma cacao, the source of cocoa beans for chocolate, is an important tropical agriculture commodity that is affected by a number of fungal pathogens and insect pests, as well as concerns about yield and quality. We are trying to find molecular genetic markers that are linked to disease resistance and other important economic traits to aid in a marker assisted selection (MAS) breeding program for cacao to ensure a reliable supply of cocoa for the US confectionary industry. Matina 1-6 belongs to the most cultivated cacao type worldwide. Availability of its genome sequence and methods for identifying genes responsible for important cacao traits promise to greatly aid cacao researchers and breeders. A preliminary version of the Theobroma cacao L. Matina 1-6 genome (V0.9) was released to the public in 2010. Our results are important to scientists trying to understand the mechanism of disease resistance and, eventually, to cacao farmers who will benefit from superior disease resistant and more productive cultivars produced through our MAS breeding program.

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