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Biotech company aims to help candy giant Mars make a more resilient cacao tree

By Benson Hill

October 29, 2018


“Cacao is a pretty fragile crop, increasingly affected by climate change and disease pressure,” said Howard Shapiro, the chief agricultural officer for Mars. “Forty percent of the crop is lost each year due to fungal, viral, and pest problems. This is a huge problem for manufacturers like Mars.” Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.


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