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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
It has long been known that cacao was important to the ancient Mayans who used it to make beverages and perform rituals, but new evidence shows that these people added cacao to flavor their food as far back as 2,500 years ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scientists say that as climate change increases, the worldâ€™s chocolate supply could start to run low.
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...
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...