CCC NEWS AND UPDATES
CHECK OUT OUR CCC FACEBOOK PAGE
January 3 2022
Welcome to our CCC Facebook Community. Maya Weinstein has been posting for some time - lots of nice photos and videos to see there. Click on the link!
CCC BLOGGER FEATURED IN THE COCOA POST
September 21, 2021
September 10, 2021
Using genetics tools, we're working on developing cacao varieties with unique architectures for easy and dense cultivation. M.Sc. student Scott Carrus Cohen has made an important start, supervised by Ran Hovav and Ellen Graber.
WORKING HARD ON SOLUTIONS FOR THE CSSV VIRUS
August 24, 2021
We've successfully imported CSSV-infected cocoa seedlings (thanks CRIG and Arieli-Ag). After farming mealybugs (thanks Tsvika Mendel), we're testing that we can use them to transmit the virus, a preliminary for our R&D work. M.Sc. student Ariel Shoshan is doing a great job, supervised by Aviv Dombrovsky.
OUR FIRST MASS HARVEST OF COCOA PODS
June 14, 2021
We harvested 48 pods today, and there are still plenty more left on the trees. These are going to fermentation experiments. The harvest is the fruit of the labors of Scott Cohen Carrus, M.Sc. student of Ran Hovav and Ellen Graber.
FIRST BATCH OF FERMENTED AND DRIED COCOA BEANS
July 5, 2021
We tested micro-fermentation of each pod using various starters. The results were very edifying (and tasty). Great work of Isabella Galilov, from Zipora Tietel's lab.
INSTALLATION OF THE LYSIMETER EXPERIMENT IS MAKING GREAT STRIDES
June 1, 2021
The fertilizer pumps were operated for the first time today, one for each of the 7 separate nutrition treatments. Lots of hard work by Maya Weinstein, Ph.D. student, under the guidance of Shahar Baram and Uri Yermiyahu.