Latest Malvaceae Stories

2012-08-17 23:01:59

Following a production increase of cacao in the Philippines, thanks to local government pushes, Massage School San Diego has proclaimed its support, concluding that an improvement in Philippine cacao production would serve to expand the raw cacao industry as a whole. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 17, 2012 A government-funded effort to increase cacao production in the Kalinga province of the Philippines was recently announced. Massage School San Diego, which helps people find massage therapy...

Mayans Used Chocolate As Flavoring Too
2012-08-03 13:05:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Archeologists have long known that cacao was important to the ancient Mayans who used it to make beverages and perform rituals, but some recently discovered evidence shows that these people added cacao to flavor their food as far back as 2,500 years ago. Traces of chocolate that were found on plate fragments could be evidence of a Mayan precursor for modern Mexican dishes like mole, the chocolate-based sauce served with chicken or...

2011-09-15 12:51:35

Fungi found in the leaves and trunks of wild Peruvian cacao trees offer the potential for biological control of cacao diseases such as witches' broom disease, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. Several of the fungal species were previously unknown to science. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers at the agency's Sustainable Perennial Crops Laboratory (SPCL) and Systematic Mycology and Microbiology Laboratory (SMML) in Beltsville, Md., and Peruvian...

2010-12-27 00:00:37

Researchers from Penn State University and the French agricultural research and development organization CIRAD have sequenced the complete genome of a Criollo strain of Theobroma Cacao and recently published the research in the journal Nature Genetics. Mark Guiltinan, Director of Plant Genomics at Cacao Biotechnologies and cacao research team leader at Penn State, has already identified hundreds of genes potentially involved in pathogen resistance and even health benefits, all of which can be...

2010-12-20 11:00:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Pure Nacional, a variety of cacao, the plant used to make chocolate, that was once thought to be extinct, has been rediscovered in Peru. Pure Nacional, with its complex fruit and floral flavors, once dominated the fine chocolate market worldwide. In 1916, diseases struck the Pure Nacional population in Ecuador and within three years 95% of the trees were destroyed. The prized chocolate was thought to be lost, until now. The chocolate has been...

2010-09-17 13:55:29

The sequencing and analysis of the genome for the Criollo variety of the cacao tree, generally considered to produce the world's finest chocolate, was completed by an international team led by Claire Lanaud of CIRAD, France, with Mark Guiltinan of Penn State, and included scientists from 18 other institutions. "The large amount of information generated by this project dramatically changes the status of this tropical plant and its potential interest for the scientific community," said...

2008-12-18 13:50:00

Scientists say that as climate change increases, the world's chocolate supply could start to run low. Chocolate is made from the seeds of the cacao tree and in recent years demand has risen worldwide. But diseases destroy a third of the world's cacao crop every year, and it's getting worse. Cacao is a rainforest tree with shallow roots that responds poorly to drought, and droughts have hit harvests hard in recent years. However, the biggest chocolate company in the world, Mars Inc., has...

Latest Malvaceae Reference Libraries

2005-07-12 16:39:21

The flannelbush or flannel bush (Fremontodendron, syn. Fremontia) is a genus of two species of shrubs found in the southwestern United States and northwest Mexico. They are currently treated within the Malvaceae in the tribe Fremontodendreae together with the genus Chiranthodendron, but were formerly included in the segregate family Sterculiaceae. This plant gets its name from its leaves which have a leathery and fuzzy texture reminiscent of flannel. The yellow and orange flowers are large...

2005-06-01 21:10:21

The Wenatchee Mountains Checker-mallow (Sidalcea oregana var. calva) is a very rare flowering plant that only occurs in five locations in the Wenatchee Mountains of Chelan County, Washington, USA. The plant has been placed on the Endangered Species list and is the rarest known plant in Washington State. S. oregana var. calva is a perennial herb in the mallow family Malvaceae. The species has a stout taproot that branches at the rootcrown and gives rise to several stems that are 20 to 150...

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