Monday, October 20, 2008

New Botanical Classifications for Cacao


For more than a century now we've had an overly simplistic and borderline useless classification system for cacao--the tried and untrue set of Criollo, Forastero, and Trinitario. At long last, some genetic research is bringing to light the true picture of T. Cacao's biological diversity, and anyone interested in the cultivation or propagation of the tree should have a look:

Geographic and Genetic Population Differentiation of the Amazonian Chocolate Tree

There's an interesting discussion on the topic here if anyone is interested.

2 Comments:

Blogger doubleb said...

Hi chocolate fans all over there!
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3:56 AM  
Blogger Bittersweet said...

As a point of reference, it's worth noting that Motomayor makes the claim in this paper that a whopping 40% of all cacao genebank accessions are misidentified. Goes to show you how far we have to go...

6:33 PM  

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