A new WCR video
An ongoing fight against the widespread coffee rust disease of Central America and the Caribbean is the subject of a new video produced by the Texas A&M University Division of Research.
In the video, scientists of World Coffee Research (WCR) and the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture review their multipronged approach to fighting a coffee rust epidemic that has devastated regional farmers since 2012, causing specialty coffee prices to spike in the U.S. and across the globe.
The video outlines a partnership that began May 2014 among WCR, The Borlaug Institute, and members of the world’s coffee industry to battle the disease.
The partnership, funded in part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID,) supports research on rust-resistant coffee varieties and addresses the continuing shortage of disease-resistant coffee seedlings. Partners simultaneously work to expand the capability of the region’s coffee institutions to monitor and respond to coffee rust.
Find out more by watching the video at http://research.tamu.edu/coffee-rust.