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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

Author
item MOTAMAYOR, JUAN CARLOS - M & M Mars Company - United States
item MOCKAITIS, KEITHANNE - Indiana University
item SCHMUTZ, JEREMY - Hudsonalpha Institute For Biotechnology
item HAIMINEN, NIINA - International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
item LIVINGSTONE III, DONALD - M & M Mars Company - United States
item CORNEJO, OMAR - Stanford University
item FINDLEY, SETH - M & M Mars Company - United States
item ZHENG, PING - Washington State University
item UTRO, FILIPPO - International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
item ROYAERT, STEFAN - US Department Of Agriculture (USDA)
item SASKI, CHRISTOPHER - Clemson University
item JENKINS, JERRY - Hudsonalpha Institute For Biotechnology
item PODICHETI, RAM - Indiana University
item ZHAO, MEIXIA - Indiana University-Purdue University
item Scheffler, Brian
item FELTUS, ALEX - Clemson University
item AMORES, FREDDY - National Institute For Agricultural Research (INIAP)
item PHILLIPS, WILBERTH - Catie Tropical Agricultural Research
item MARELLI, JEAN-PHILIPPE - M & M Mars Company - Brazil
item MAY, GREGORY - National Center For Genome Resources
item SHAPIRO, HOWARD-YANA - M & M Mars Company - United States
item MA, JIANXIN - Indiana University-Purdue University
item BUSTAMANTE, CARLOS - Stanford University
item SCHNELL, RAYMOND - M & M Mars Company - United States
item MAIN, DORRIE - Washington State University
item GILBERT, DON - Indiana University
item PARIDA, LAXMI - International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
item Kuhn, David

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/13/2013
Publication Date: 1/13/2013
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.

Interpretive Summary:

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.