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  • leaf rust el salvador

    May 12, 2017. At a gathering of coffee technical experts from across Central America today, World Coffee Research confirmed that a coffee variety in Honduras, widely planted across the country because of if its resistance to coffee leaf rust, is no longer resistant to the disease.

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  • Press

    Date: 5.11.17
    Publisher: Bloomberg
    Rust bloomberg story

    While Washington debates whether climate change is a hoax or an imminent threat, the world coffee industry is not waiting for the American government to take action to protect its business. Coffee crops are under siege from deforestation, abnormally high temperatures, a lack of precipitation, and disease. The global market is heading for its fourth straight year of deficit, according to estimates from Rabobank International. At the same time, global demand for the beloved beverage is expected to reach an all-time high this year, led by demand from younger American consumers. Production will need to increase at least 50 percent by the middle of this century to keep pace with the demand, says Conservation International, an environmental organization. T

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  • Press

    Date: 4.21.17
    Publisher: Fresh Cup Magazine
    Good Genes Fresh Cup

    With coffee’s genetic resources being lost at a rapid pace, a new strategy aims to unite the industry to preserve this precious material. As World Coffee Research Executive Director Tim Schilling puts it, “We have to step up and take control of the genetic resources that dictate the limits and open the possibilities for the future of our industry.”

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  • Breeding for climate change

    WCR News

    Date: 4.10.17

    WCR is part of a major European initiative to create new, high-performing hybrid coffee varieties specifically adapted for agroforestry. Agroforestry—growing coffee among shade trees—is essential for adapting coffee to climate change over the next two decades, but few coffee varieties perform well under shade. This new initiative will focus on creating new hybrid varieties specifically adapted to this sustainable production method.

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  • Where to find us in Seattle

    WCR News

    Date: 4.6.17
    Find us in seattle

    Will you be at the Global Coffee Expo in Seattle this month? So will we. Join us for a Think + Drink Happy Hour, featuring an exclusive tasting of new hybrid varieties; a panel discussion on coffee genebanks; and presentations of student work at the scientific poster session.

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