Phytophthora Pod Rot (PPR), or Black Pod disease, is caused by Phytophthora species and is responsible for global annual yield loss of more than 450,000 tonnes of cocoa and is a serious limiting factor reducing farmers' productivity and income. To help understand the limitations in current methods of studying the disease and in identifying sources of resistance, and for developing the tools necessary for breeding new and more resistant cocoa varieties, Mondelēz International sponsored a knowledge exchange event for scientists working on Black pod disease.
Contributing Partners to the Knowledge Exchange Event (21st to 25th October, 2013)
This event was sponsored by Mondelēz International, with additional logistical support from the World Cocoa Foundation. It was hosted by the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana and organised by USDA-ARS and CATIE. Expert scientists from Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Togo attended, as well as representatives from USDA-ARS and the Cocoa Research Centre (CRC), University of the West Indies.