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CHECK OUT OUR CCC FACEBOOK PAGE

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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

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September 21, 2021

A leading West African cocoa journal, The Cocoa Post, headlined a story today discussing the CCC Blog "Does climate change mean we will need to eat synthetic chocolate?

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TRELLISING CACAO?

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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.

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WORKING HARD ON SOLUTIONS FOR THE CSSV VIRUS

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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.

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OUR FIRST MASS HARVEST OF COCOA PODS

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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.

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FIRST BATCH OF FERMENTED AND DRIED COCOA BEANS

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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.

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INSTALLATION OF THE LYSIMETER EXPERIMENT IS MAKING GREAT STRIDES

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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.

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