Cocoa Pollination for Optimised Production

Please see below for a selection of images from the project so far.

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Cocoa - flowers

Coin2

Size comparison


Handpoll3

Manual pollination of a cocoa flower


Oldflower

Successfully pollinated flower with a young pod just starting to develop


Cocoa - sites and trees

Judesfarm

A farm site in Trinidad


Shade cocoa

Healthy young cocoa trees


Young sun cocoa

Young cocoa trees in a sunnier, more open location

Insect sampling


Malaise1

Malaise trap - works by using the visual cues of the black and white fabric to direct flying insects into the collecting bottle


McPhail

McPhail trap, using synthetic cocoa flower odours to sample insects


Sarah suction trap

Static suction trap - this is suspended in a tree in runs from a small battery. Uses a gentle suction process to collect small flying insects such as flies, parasitoid wasps and small beetles.

Training

Under construction

Cocoa midges

Ceratopogonid1

Ceratopogonid male

Ceratopogonid2

Ceratopogonid female

Ceratopogonid3

A different Ceratopogonid species with patterned wings

Ceratopogonid4

Female Ceratopogonid of one of the hairier genera