DEVELOPMENT OF A COCOA QUARANTINE PROCESS
Project Number: 0500-00008-001-39
Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Mar 21, 2011
End Date: Mar 20, 2016
The objective of this project is to maintain an intermediate cocoa quarantine system (the “International Cocoa Quarantine Centre (ICQC, R)”; distribute quarantined material worldwide; maintain data relevant to the quarantine process on the ICGD website; conduct research on enhancing the efficacy of the quarantine procedures; participate with USDA and other international partners in selected international meetings and committees, including COPAL International Cocoa Research Conferences, INGENIC, CacaoNet and WCF Partnership.
The purpose of this project is to continue to identify Theobroma cacao germplasm that has been evaluated for disease resistance and quality/production traits and to import, quarantine and distribute such material. Research will be conducted to improve the efficacy of the procedures, which may lead to a shortening of the quarantine period. New material imported will be assayed through molecular fingerprinting in order to check for trueness to type. The diversity of plant material held will be utilised in physiological and other evaluation studies. A protocol will be developed in which accession data can be placed onto the GRIN-Global database.