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2015

Cacao Science Symposium University Park, Penn State Univ. May 31-June 2, 2016 Frontiers in Science and Technology for Cacao Quality, Productivity and Sustainability
November 24, 2015
Cacao Science Symposium at Penn State
New Graduate Student Arrives Today
August 19, 2015
New Publication: Cocoa Propagation Review
August 7, 2015
New Publication: Enhanced resistance in Theobroma cacao against oomycete and fungal pathogens by secretion of phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate-binding proteins
July 31, 2015
New Manuscript: Enhanced resistance in Theobroma cacao against oomycete and fungal pathogens by secretion of phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate-binding proteins
July 31, 2015
New Manuscript Published: All time lab record number of pubs in one year!
July 20, 2015
New Manuscript Published Today: Tc-MYBPA an Arabidopsis TT2-like transcription factor and functions in the regulation of proanthocyanidin synthesis in Theobroma cacao.
June 24, 2015
Mark Guiltinan and Siela Maximova participate in U.S. delegation of land grant universities to Columbia.
June 5, 2015
Siela Maximova Presentation at Future Leaders Forum
June 4, 2015
Mark Guiltinan presents at Baster University, Seattle, WA on GMO's Harmful or Helpful
June 4, 2015
Frontiers Press Features SAD1 Gene Paper on Facebook and Twitter
April 24, 2015
"Characterization of a stearoyl-acyl carrier protein desaturase gene family from chocolate tree, Theobroma cacao L" to feature as today's post on our official Facebook page. The post is here -- please consider Sharing: https://www.facebook.com/Frontiersin/photos/p.10153263761388754/10153263761388754/?type=1 @Press Office: We also linked to the Penn State Press Release -- thank you very much for publicizing the study. We've also tweeted about it -- please consider retweeting: https://twitter.com/FrontiersIn/status/591579595863797760
Researchers discover gene that controls melting point of cocoa butter
April 17, 2015
By Jeff Mulhollem April 16, 2015 UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. -- The discovery of a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter -- a critical attribute of the substance widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals -- will likely lead to new and improved products, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
New Publication: Proteomics of Cacao Fruit, Embryo and Seed Development
April 15, 2015
Gene Involved in Determining the Cocoa Butter Melting Point Discovered
March 31, 2015
In plants, the conversion of stearoyl-ACP to oleoyol-ACP is catalyzed by a plastid-localized soluble stearoyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) desaturase (SAD). The activity of SAD significantly impacts the ratio of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, and is thus a major determinant of fatty acid composition. The cacao genome contains eight putative SAD isoforms with high amino acid sequence similarities and functional domain conservation with SAD genes from other species. The identification of the major SAD gene responsible for cocoa butter biosynthesis provides new strategies for screening for novel genotypes with desirable fatty acid compositions, and for use in breeding programs to help pyramid genes for quality and other traits such as disease resistance.
Somatic Embryo Field Test Published
March 30, 2015
Goenaga, R., Guiltinan, M., Maximova, S., Seguine, E. & Irizarry, H. Yield Performance and Bean Quality Traits of Cacao Propagated by Grafting and Somatic Embryo-derived Cuttings. HortScience 50, 358-362 (2015).
Drew Fister presents seminar at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, Jan. 2015
January 26, 2015
Functional Genomics of Defense Response in Theobroma cacao