The WCF/USDA Research Update is authored by Dr. Robert Lumsden.


From Andrew Daymond: To all our cocoa colleagues, Please find the latest edition of the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre Newsletter:  ICQR June Newsletter.

From Chris Turnbull, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Reading, UK. A new CD-ROM version of the NYSE Liffe/CRA Ltd./University of Reading International Cocoa Germplasm Database, ICGD 2012 is available. The database can be searched for germplasm based on origin, location and a wide range of character data. All available data can be viewed for each clone, including photographs and microsatellite (SSR) profiles. All information is referenced to its original source. Copies of the CD-ROM can be obtained from Chris Turnbull ( free of charge for bona fide applicants, though those with internet access are encouraged to use the online version at since this will contain the most up to date information and links to other on-line databases.

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