WCR says genetic resistance to leaf rust could be gone within five years

World Coffee Research (WCR) has announced that fighting coffee leaf rust through genetic resistance won’t be enough to protect farmers from significant crop losses. Coffee leaf rust has wreaked havoc on coffee production, particularly in Latin America, since an epidemic hit in 2012.Some farms lost 50 to 80 per cent of their production, and the epidemic forced 1.7 million people out of work. The global coffee industry has since united to help farmers fight coffee leaf rust through the development of improved coffee varieties such as F1 hybrids, most of which are resistant to rust and other plant diseases.
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