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The Genetic Diversity of Cacao and its Utilization

The Genetic Diversity of Cacao and its Utilization
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An understanding of genetic resources is an essential prerequisite for any breeding programme. The cacao (Theobroma cacao) plant has a rich genetic diversity that exists at two levels: that of the primitive populations in the area of original distribution of the species, and that of the derived cultivated populations. This book provides a comprehensive review of our current knowledge of this subject. Starting with the foundations of genetic diversity in the Amazonian and Caribbean regions, it describes how this has developed in cultivated populations, first in South America and around the Caribbean, and then beyond the Americas. It then describes the relationships between populations and how the genetic resources can be utilized to produce new cultivars. The book is written by an acknowledged world expert with 50 years of experience in the subject, and should provide a unique knowledge base upon which further work can be based.
CABI; January 2005
356 pages; ISBN 9781845930240
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