Cacao Beans (image) International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Share Print E-Mail Caption Wild species of cacao plants that are closely related to the tree cultivated to make chocolate are among thousands of commonly used plants that are surprisingly poorly protected, according to a new study by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. Pictured: Dried, fermented cacao beans at San Jose de Guaviare, in Colombia's Guaviare Department. Credit Neil Palmer Usage Restrictions Please credit photograph when publishing. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.