Submitted to: Popular Publication
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: January 3, 2011
Publication Date: January 21, 2011
Citation: Schnell Ii, R.J., Tondo, C.L., Kuhn, D.N., Livingstone, D., Royaert, S.E., Motamayor, J.C. 2011. Better chocolate through genomics. Popular Publication. 1. Technical Abstract: Theobroma cacao, the cacao or chocolate tree, is a tropical understory tree whose seeds are used to make chocolate. And like any important crop, cacao is the subject of much research. On September 15, 2010, scientists publicly released a preliminary sequence of the cacao genome--which contains all of the tree's hereditary information. This marked a milestone in the scientific understanding of this crop.