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Crops, animals, wild relatives ...
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As you point out, the cocoa quarantine facility at the University of Reading has actually been running for about 30 years, supported by the UK chocolate and cocoa industry, through the Cocoa Research Association (CRA) Ltd., with equal funding coming from the USDA Agricultural Research Service since 2007. The move to the new and improved facilities was supported by the University in order to safeguard this important resource as part of the redevelopment of the old site.
Many thanks for the clarification. Great to see University funding going to this important component of the global system of cacao genetic diversity conservation and use.