January 30, 2013

Coffee Fungus Rages Through Central America

Daniel Cressey, Nature News

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Where there is coffee, there is ‘coffee rust’. But the long stalemate between growers and the fungus behind the devastating disease has broken — with the fungus taking the advantage. As one of the most severe outbreaks ever rages through Central America, researchers are reaching for the latest tools in an effort to combat the pest, from sequencing its genome to cross-breeding coffee plants with resistant strains.

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TAGGED: Fungus, Fungal Infection, Coffee