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Scientists discover way to authenticate purity of cacao beans

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In the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists from the US Government’s Sustainable Perennial Crops Laboratory report a method to authenticate the varietal purity and origin of cacao beans, the source of chocolate’s main ingredient, cocoa.

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Cocoa genome to help speed production

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A paper published in Genome Biology has revealed the freshly sequenced genome of the most commonly cultivated cacao plant in the world. Researchers have utilised high quality DNA sequences to demonstrate the usefulness and quality of the sequence to identify genetic markers that can lead to higher yielding cocoa plants that still produce better tasting cocoa.

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