- Rust lesions
Rust lesions on a leaf. Photo credit: Jacques Avelino
Researchers and students from
CIRAD and CATIE, with funding from World Coffee Research, spent nearly a year
taking exhaustive measurements of the movement of rust spores in a coffee agroforestry
research site at CATIE in Turrialba, Costa Rica. Their findings were published in Crop Protection.
Researchers have known for years that shade can have both positive and negative effects on coffee leaf rust—but this team wanted to understand what was behind some of those different impacts, so that better guidance can be provided to coffee farmers interested in agroforestry—an increasingly important approach for managing rising temperatu...