Like Chocolate? Thank Flies

Like Chocolate? Thank Flies

Most Theobroma cacao trees, which are responsible for producing chocolate, require pollination because they do not self-pollinate. Scientists discovered that tiny—nearly invisible—flies called midges pollinate cacao flowers.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Flies kill more than one million people per year (mosquitos are flies). (0:11)

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    Tiny flies are the primary pollinators for the plant we get chocolate from. (0:27)

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    Flies and maggots are important in the decomposition of process, and help "clean up" in that way. (0:41)

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