Biotechnology Lab

Biotechnology Lab

i. Cocoa plantlets have been successfully regenerated from the floral part (staminode) of cocoa.

ii. Somatic embryos of cocoa have been developed from staminode explants to tea and cocoa using locally sourced growth enhancement substitutes like lagoon water, trona and earthworm casts.

iii. Genetic transformation of staminode explants of cocoa was achieved using Agrobacterium tumefasciens. All the aforesaid achievements provide foundation for increased agricultural and industrial production if they are taken up by entrepreneurs in agriculture and manufacturing sector, leading to increased employment, arrest of rural-urban drift of manpower, increased availability of agro-industrial raw materials, elimination of poverty, increased foreign exchange earnings and enhancement of prosperity among all Nigerians.

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The Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) was established in Ibadan, Oyo State on 1st December, 1964 as a successor autonomous rese arch organisation to the Nigerian Substation of the defunct West African Cocoa Research Institute (WACRI)

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