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  • IMLVT Guatemala

    Four new countries have committed to participate in the International Multilocation Variety Trial (IMLVT), the largest, collaborative, global coffee research platform and variety exchange in history. Australia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and the United States (Hawaii) will all join the trial in 2017, bringing the total number of participating countries to 23.

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  • Breeding program milestones for 2015

    Project Update

    Date: 2.1.16
    F1 experimental Costa Rica

    The coffee industry cannot single-handedly reverse climate change. Our best hope for sustaining the supply of high quality coffee in the 21st century is to focus on making the coffee plant more resilient. The creation of new, highly adaptable coffees, supported by a vibrant new seed sector, will result in major global productivity and quality gains in the next 10-20 years. In 2015, WCR achieved a number of milestones toward this goal.

    WCR Core Collection

    Through an analysis of 847 arabica strains from the CATIE genebank, WCR located the 100 most genetically diverse individuals. These plants, which we call the WCR Core Collection, will be used by us and others to develop new hybrids that combine maximum genetic diversity with...

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