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Research Project: Sustainable Production Systems for Cacao

Location: Sustainable Perennial Crops Laboratory

Title: Atributos físicos do solo para a cultura do cacaueiro [Physical attributes of soil for the culture of cacao] (In Portuguese)

item PAIVA, A - Universidade Estadual De Santa Cruz
item AREVALO-HERNANDEZ, C - Tropical Crop Institute (ICT)
item Baligar, Virupax
item FERNANDES, R - Universidade Federal De Vicosa

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/20/2016
Publication Date: 6/1/2018
Citation: Paiva, A.Q., Arevalo-Hernandez, C.O., Baligar, V.C., Fernandes, R.B. 2018. Atributos físicos do solo para a cultura do cacaueiro [Physical attributes of soil for the culture of cacao] (In Portuguese). In: Souza Junior, J.O. Cocoa: Cultivation, Research and Innovation, Ilheus, Bahia, Brazil: Editus. p. 215-233.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Cacao has achieved great importance due to its globally consumed products such as chocolate. In addition to the environmental benefits, since this culture is mainly managed in agroforestry systems, contributing to climate change mitigation. However, the assessment of soils physical attributes for efficient production in this culture has been poorly studied. Therefore, the aim of this chapter is to carry out a general approach on the main soil physical properties that influence the productivity and development of cacao; therefore, main physical attributes such as texture, structure, depth, porosity, bulk density, penetration resistance roots and water relations are discussed in relation to this culture. The authors hope to draw attention about the importance of soil physical attributes in cacao cultivation, presenting recommendations and information that could help to direct future research in the management of soil physical attributes in relation to cacao development and production.