Fungus Threatens Coffee Crops (Mashable)

CoffeeCoffee rust, a microscopic fungus, is attacking arabica coffee trees in Central America and has already wiped out the arabica variety in parts of Indonesia, according to Mashable.  The dry season in 2011-2012 was particularly wet in Central America, promoting the spread of coffee rust. Plus, the fungus has  mutated to thrive at higher altitudes. “The current coffee-rust outbreak is the worst in Latin America’s history,” USAID said in a statement, affecting coffee growers in Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras and El Salvador. “It is estimated that production will fall by as much as 15% to 40% in the coming years.”


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