As a Joint Venture Company ASD - Bakrie are linked to the impact of ASD Costa Rica research innovation.


The cultivation of oil palm in America is linked to the history of the United Fruit Company, which introduced and spread this species throughout tropical America in the early twentieth century. Thus the breeding program in ASD oil palm in Costa Rica, which now has more than 40 years of existence, during which has been formed and enriched a diverse genebank Elaeis guineensis and E. oleifera born. As a result, it has a great capacity to innovate and create new varieties, adaptable to many environments and can meet particular needs.

Efforts to improve oil palm in ASD have focused on three areas: i) development of E. guineensis varieties, ii) selection of oleifera palms for the production of interspecific hybrids and iii) the development of composite materials or mixtures gene and E. E. guineensis oleifera.

The fruits of this program have been consolidating over ten varieties 'guineensis', with which they have planted more than 1.7 million hectares in major palm regions around the world. Besides this, the program has created its exclusive varieties and clones of high density, characterized by slow growth and short leaves trunk. In addition, ASD has offered to market new varieties tolerant to adverse weather conditions such as low temperatures and water deficit. Part of this effort also led to create a novel hybrid OxG (Amazon), which has agronomic characteristics and tolerance to rots the upper whorl other hybrids available on the market