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Taxonomy and classification of cacao

Code: 9781838793494
Ranjana Bhattacharjee, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria; and Malachy Akoroda, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Nigeria

Chapter synopsis: Theobroma cacao is one of the most important cash crops in the world and is native to the tropical, humid forests of South America. This chapter discusses its origin and the taxonomy and classification of the varieties of Theobroma. It then reviews the characteristics of the three general groups of Theobroma: criollo, forastero and trinitario.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0021.01
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Taxonomy and classification 3 The three groups of cocoa varieties 4 Conclusions 5 Where to look for further information 6 References

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