Universidad Nacional Agraria de la Selva

Peru ( Americas )

National collections

  • UNAS researcher checking cacao plants. (Photo taken from http://fgonzalesh.blogspot.fr/)


  • Year of founding: 1987
  • Role of collection: National collection
  • Main objectives of the collection:

    1. Conservation of local, regional and international cacao germplasm for genetic diversity. 
    2. Use of genes sources for genetic improvement for productivity, diseases resistance, quality and climate change stress. 
    3. Data management in programs such as Excel and soon into a database. 
    4. Extension of the genetic base of Peruvian cacao by means of a local and regional germplasm collecting mission and the introduction of exotic germplasm.
    5. Genetic Material trade with national or international institutions for investigation and conservation purposes. 


Collection Address

Universidad Nacional Agraria de la Selva (UNAS)
Av. Universitaria s/n. Km 1.5 Carretera Tingo María a Huánuco

Luis Fernando García Carrión


Total number of accessions: - 422
Related Theobroma species - 2
Wild relatives of other genera (e.g. Herrania) - 0
Wild seedling accessions of T. cacao - 0
Wild clonal accessions of T. cacao - 0
Clonal accessions selected in farms - 90
Seedling accessions collected from farms - 0
Clonal accessions selected in breeding plots - 45
Other - 125

Additional notes about the collection

Important parts of this collection are the Ucayali (48 accessions) and the Huallaga (63 accessions).