Scientists date the origin of the cacao tree to 10 million years ago --- https://phys…

Scientists date the origin of the cacao tree to 10 million years ago

https://phys.org/news/2015-11-scientists-date-cacao-tree-million.html


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“The species’ early evolutionary origin is good news: it suggests that cacao has had enough time to diversify genetically, with each wild population adapting to its local habitat. Wild populations of cacao across the Americas may therefore be treasure troves of genetic variation, which could be bred into cultivated strains to make the latter more resistant to disease and climate change, and perhaps even create new flavors of chocolate.”

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