Jun 20, 2024 | earth and environment

About this episode

With a history as rich as its flavour, chocolate in its various forms has been loved by people for over 5000 years. Currently, however, chocolate is facing a serious threat. The improper disposal of cocoa waste products is spreading devastating diseases through cocoa crops across the world. To address this serious problem, Dr Piergiorgio Gentile from Newcastle University and Dr Joel Girón-Hernández from Northumbria University with their collaborators have been exploring new uses for cocoa waste products, to increase sustainability and prevent the spread of crop diseases. More

Original Article Reference

This Audio is a summary of the papers: ‘Cocoa Pod Husk: A High-Pectin Source with Applications in the Food and Biomedical Fields’, in ChemBioEng Reviews,; and ‘From cocoa waste to sustainable bioink: valorising pectin for circular economy-driven tissue engineering’, in European Polymer Journal,


For further information, you can connect with Dr Joel Girón-Hernández at and Dr Piergiorgio Gentile at




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