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Research Project: Germplasm Acquisition/Maintenance and Horticultural Evaluation of Theobroma cacao Clones

Location: Tropical Plant Genetic Resources and Disease Research

Project Number: 2040-21000-016-31-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 1, 2020
End Date: Dec 31, 2024

Objective:
The primary goal of this project is to develop and disseminate new, productive, disease and pest resistant cultivars of cacao, to provide germplasm maintenance, and to conduct research on cacao diseases and insect pests. Research performed in plant pathology, entomology and practical field selection are all part of a global strategy to develop superior planting material for farmers. This project has two (2) specific goals: 1. Maintain, enhance and evaluate the germplasm collection of cacao and relatives maintained at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and Hilo, Hawaii. 2. Conduct cacao performance trials to evaluate newly released clones in farmers' fields in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Approach:
Maintain, enhance and evaluate the germplasm collection of cacao and relatives maintained at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and Hilo, Hawaii. Conduct cacao performance trials to evaluate horticultural traits and cacao quality of newly released clones in farmers' fields in Hawaii.