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Dale Walters

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401674

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401674.001.0001

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Frosty Pod Rot

Frosty Pod Rot

(p.89) 7 Frosty Pod Rot
Chocolate Crisis

Dale Walters

University Press of Florida

Chapter 7 follows the journey of frosty pod rot from the first report of the disease in 1895 in western Ecuador to the present day, where it has spread to much of South and Central America, and several Caribbean countries. To date, it has not been reported in Brazil, and considerable effort is being expended to ensure it does not spread to other cacao-growing regions. The chapter explores the fascinating biology of the causal agent, Moniliophthora roreri, which turns out to be related to the witches’ broom pathogen. Efforts to control the pathogen, reduce its impact, and contain its spread, are discussed.

Keywords:   frosty pod rot, Moniliophthora roreri, Ecuador, cacao-growing regions, witches’ broom pathogen

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