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Bite me for chocolate | Tobin Northfield | TEDxJCUCairns

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Published on Nov 15, 2016

Can rotting fruit and biting midges protect us from a world cocoa shortage? In this talk Tobin Northfield discusses efforts to improve cocoa production through better natural pollination and pest control and therefore rescue us from a potential world without Chocolate.

Dr. Northfield is an ecologist at James Cook University that evaluates species interactions to improve services like pollination and pest control provided for us by naturally occurring animals. Through his research he has found that improving biodiversity in predator communities often leads to increased pest control, and thus increased food production. He is also evaluating ways of improving pollination by pollinator communities. One focus crop in his research, cacao, serves as an important source of income for many people across the world, as well as produces cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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