Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
Fact Sheets
Cocoa white thread (015)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Worldwide distribution. In wet tropics. On cocoa and many other trees and shrubs. An important disease when cultural control operations are not done routinely.
  • Fungal threads grow along branches, onto leaf stalks and blades, killing the leaves, which remain hanging in place attached by the threads.
  • White toadstools occur occasionally in wet weather.
  • Spread is by spores, and branches falling from shade trees onto cocoa beneath.
  • Cultural control: prune out infected branches, along with the leaves, remove from the plantation, and burn them. Make regular 3-monthly inspections.
  • Chemical control: none recommended.

No responses yet...