USDA Projects

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) United States Department of Agriculture

To develop a DNA fingerprinting database for all major cacao collections in the Americas

CRC (as CRU) collaborated on the project: To develop a DNA fingerprinting database for all major cacao collections in the Americas with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through an agreement between USDA and CRU with inputs from CIRAD. Since the start of the project in 2001, DNA samples from all the accessions held in the ICGT have been sent to the USDA molecular biology laboratory in Beltsville, USA, and results for the Nanay accession group are discussed in the 2008 CRU Annual Report.

 

Molecular characterisation of the cocoa germplasm in the International Cocoa Genebank, Trinidad (ICGT)

Another collaborative project between CRC (as CRU) and USDA is the Molecular characterisation of the cocoa germplasm in the International Cocoa Genebank, Trinidad (ICGT). The objective is to carry out association mapping to relate genes to specific traits in cacao