The Institute of Tropical Crops/Instituto de Cultivos Tropicales (ICT)
The Institute of Tropical Crops/Instituto de Cultivos Tropicales was founded on July 12, 1993 as Research and Development Center of the Huallaga “IACHR” in Tingo Maria, Peru. On May 17, 1999 the organisation changed its name to the Institute of Tropical Crops “ICT”. The main activity of ICT is agricultural extension, crop research and development of the market in the Peruvian Amazon. The mission of ICT is to build high level professionals, technicians and farmers who can be involved with the scientific and the technological advancement required for the development of the country.
At ICT, agricultural research is conceived as a knowledge-generating activity, which is essential for the life of the Amazonian producer and contributing to the overall development of society. Research generates technologies to overcome the major constraints to increased productivity and quality of crops. ICT has set out to accomplish the following goals through its research: increase cocoa productivity at 500 kg / ha / year in the first year, 700 kg / ha / year in the second year, 900 kg / ha / year in the third year, 1000 Kg / ha / year in the fourth year and 1100 Kg / ha / year in the fifth year.
The Phytopathology Laboratory is the hub for the fulfillment of the mission of ICT in their eagerness to support agricultural research and technology generation for farmers and beneficiaries at regional and national level. In addition to promoting research as a development alternative, ICT provides agricultural services in the area of plant health by performing diagnostics of plant diseases, soil microbiology and production of biocontrol. It also offers advice for disease management, support for universities, consultations to undergraduate and graduate theses, and support for research and outreach activities. Some of the research being conducted in the laboratory are, biological control of major diseases of alternative crops in the region, resistance levels of cocoa genotypes for the major cocoa pathogens and morphological characterisation of cocoa fungal endophytes.