CATAS and CATIE strengthen their relations and seek to develop a coffee genetic improvement project
- The project would improve the quality of Arabica coffee grown in Yunnan province, in China
November 24, 2017. From November 6 to 17, Xiaoyang Wang and Lifang Huang, from the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS), visited CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) as part of an exchange of scientists both institutions manage to train in aspects related to in vitro cultivation and the genetic improvement of coffee and cocoa.
During their stay, Xiaoyang and Lifang worked on somatic embryogenesis of coffee with María Elena Aguilar, head of CATIE’s Biotechnology Laboratory, and on the characterization of coffee materials and genetic improvement techniques with William Solano, specialist in Plant Genetic Resources of the center.
In the framework of this visit, the representatives of CATAS also expressed their interest in establishing a project with CATIE to improve the quality of Arabica coffee grown in the province of Yunnan, in China.
"They produce coffee with catimor materials that are resistant to rust and have good yield but do not have good cup quality. So, the project would consist on evaluating wild materials from CATIE's International Coffee Collection to know its adaptability and performance in four different production areas of Yunnan, in order to select some of them and perform genetic improvement " Solano explained.
To advance in the concretion of the project on November 16, the representation of CATAS and Solano held a meeting with Tang Heng, ambassador of the Republic of China in Costa Rica, and Zhang Xiaowei, official in charge of Scientific Affairs of the embassy; who expressed their intention to support in the management of the necessary resources for the project.
CATIE maintains a relationship with CATAS through an agreement signed since January 2013, which both institutions plan to renew in 2018.
Plant Genetic Resources Specialist
Agriculture, Livestock and Agroforestry Program
Karla Salazar Leiva
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