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The British scientists saving the world from running out of chocolate

All hail the glorious shock troops of VERY IMPORTANT SCIENCE saving us from having to revert to a fruit backup:

A team of British scientists is leading the world’s battle against declining stocks of cocoa in the face of soaring demand and the threat of deadly diseases.

Although global production of cocoa is rising, it is being easily outstripped by demand and as a result it is feared that shortages or price rises could occur if production does not keep up.

One way to combat this is to develop new varieties of cocoa that produce higher yields or are more resistant to disease – which is where Dr Andrew Daymond, Dr Paul Hadley and their team from the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre (ICQC) at Reading University come in.

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