Characterization, collection, and micropropagation of coconut hybrids from the Colombian Pacific coast, and definition of its entomological complex as strategies to overcome plant health issues of coconuts in Colombia

Published on 14 September 2012

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Start Date: 24 June 2011 | End Date: 31 December 2011


The main objective of this projects is to characterize and conserve suitable coconut germplasm from the Colombian Pacific coast, by using biotechnology tools, with active participation of coconut-growing communities; and generate base and practical knowledge on the complex red-ring disease caused by the vector known as Gualpa. Other specific objectives are:

  • Identification, characterization, and collection of coconut germplasm with local farmers.
  • Optimization of somatic embryogenesis methodologies (multiplication) and early infestation evaluation focused on the nematode causing the red-ring disease.
  • Definition of the entomological complex that affects coconuts, and development of control strategies based on population studies.


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