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Diseases of crops: Beverages - SS2 Agriculture Lesson Note

Cocoa Blackpod:

Cocoa blackpod is a disease that affects cocoa trees, which are the source of cocoa beans used to make chocolate.

This disease is caused by a fungus called Phytophthora spp., which thrives in moist and humid conditions.

Symptoms include black, sunken lesions on cocoa pods, making them unharvestable.

Cocoa blackpod reduces cocoa yields, leading to economic losses for cocoa farmers.



Coffee Leaf Rust:

Coffee leaf rust is a fungal disease that primarily affects coffee plants.

The fungus, Hemileia vastatrix, infects the leaves of coffee trees, causing yellow-orange rust-like lesions.

Infected leaves fall prematurely, reducing the plant's ability to photosynthesize and produce coffee cherries.

Coffee leaf rust can devastate coffee plantations and impact the global coffee industry.


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