NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In Genome Biology, researchers from the US Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service, Mars, Indiana University, the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, IBM, and elsewhere reported on a genome sequencing study of the cacao cultivar Theobroma cacao Matina 1-6, which represents an oft-cultivated Costa Rican cacao type with green pods.

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