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The Impact of Plant Diseases on World Chocolate Product

John H. Bowers, Bryan A. Bailey, Prakash K. Hebbar, Soumaila Sanogo, Robert D. Lumsden

9 July 2001

Review

Many factors contribute to a decline in production of cocoa beans worldwide. Plant diseases such as black pod, witches’ broom, and frosty pod rot are major components of the decline in production. Plant pathologists and microbiologists must discover and devise means to reduce disease losses and to save chocolate for the enthusiastic consumers of the world. This review discusses the major disease of cacao and their effect on world production.

doi:10.1094/PHP-2001-0709-01-RV

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