CocoaSafe
Ants and cocoa
Ants, often mistaken as pests in cocoa farms, play a major role in defending the cocoa trees from other pests and diseases.

The misunderstood creatures live in mutualism with mealybugs - small, white scale insects that feed on plants. The mealybugs or woolly aphids produce honeydew secretions in exchange for the protection from predators (e.g. ladybugs) that ants accord to them.

Ants are considered a nuisance to cocoa harvesters / farmers as they inflict painful and itchy bites. However, this same defense mechanism also deter other more destructive pests from infesting the cocoa tree, namely the cocoa pod borer and Helopeltis bug.

CocoaSafe
Site map
 
CocoaSafe - Capacity building and Knowledge Sharing in SPS for Cocoa in Southeast Asia
Partner Links
Links & References
Project executing agency
CABI
 
 
Project advisory agency
ICCO
 
 
Project partners
MCB ICRRI
 
 
CCI
Mars
Project funder
STDF
 
 
 
Contact us
Project manager
Block A19, MARDI 43400, Serdang,
Selangor, Malaysia
Website administrator
Block A19, MARDI 43400, Serdang,
Selangor, Malaysia
CocoaSafe
© 2015 CocoaSafe. All rights reserved.