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Cacao Genome Database

Not only is cacao the basic ingredient in the world’s favorite confection, chocolate, but it provides a livelihood for over 6.5 million farmers in Africa, South America and Asia and ranks as one of the top ten agriculture commodities in the world. Historically, cocoa production has been plagued by serious losses due to pests and diseases. The release of the cacao genome sequence will provide researchers with access to the latest genomic tools, enabling more efficient research and accelerating the breeding process, thereby expediting the release of superior cacao cultivars. The sequenced genotype, Matina 1-6, is representative of the genetic background most commonly found in the cacao producing countries, enabling results to be applied immediately and broadly to current commercial cultivars.  Matina 1-6 is highly homozygous which greatly reduces the complexity of the sequence assembly process. While the sequence provided is a preliminary release, it already covers 92% of the genome, with approximately 35,000 genes. We will continue to refine the assembly and annotation, working toward a complete finished sequence. Updates will be made available via the main project website.

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Authors
Schnell, Raymond J.
Meerow, Alan W.
(ORCID)
Ayala-Silva, Tomas
(ORCID)
Gutierrez, Osman A.
(ORCID)
Kuhn, David
Tondo, Cecile L.
Motamayor, Juan Carlos
(ORCID)
Product Type
Database
Publisher
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Contact Name
Gutierrez, Osman
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Public Access Level
Public
License
Funding Source(s)
Agricultural Research Service
Program Code
005:037 - Department of Agriculture - Research and Education
Bureau Code
005:18 - Agricultural Research Service
Modified Date
2019-05-07
Release Date
2017-12-05
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  • Genomics & Genetics
  • Online database
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