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Research Project: Assess Cacao Germplasm for Abiotic Factors and Improved Agronomic Traits

Location: Sustainable Perennial Crops Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-21000-281-006-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 19, 2017
End Date: Jun 19, 2022

1. Assess cacao genotypes for tolerance to abiotic stresses such as mineral deficiency/toxicities and for drought tolerance. 2. Select, establish, and evaluate Peruvian cacao germplasm accessions for genetic diversity and for improved agronomic traits.

1. Develop studies to evaluate the tolerance of native and international cacao clones to abiotic stresses such as mineral deficiency/toxicities and drought. The agreement promotes international partnerships and cooperation with the USDA-ARS. 2. Develop studies to assess genetic diversity in wild populations and farmer selections of cacao using molecular markers. A core set of the germplasm will be selected and evaluated for agronomic traits.