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An integrated approach to improving yield efficiency and resilience in the face of climate change through better use of cacao genetic resources

Starting point: a comprehensive review of research on the effect of Climate Change on Cocoa

This report presents the global status of research on the effects of drought, temperature and elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) levels on the cacao plant, and the role of genetic diversity in producing more resilient cacao. 

A good starting point to initiate a discussion about what we know about the resilience of cacao against climate change, and generate a comprehensive understanding of the questions that remain, this report highlights significant advances in published and ongoing research on drought and temperature tolerance in cacao.

This project has received financial support from the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and its Feed the Future Partnership for Climate Smart Cocoa, through a grant to Bioversity International from the United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS).



A review of research on the effects of drought and temperature stress and increased CO2 on Theobroma cacao L., and the role of genetic diversity to address climate change, by Medina, V.; Laliberte B.

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