Why the end of the world’s most popular coffee could be nigh

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Unfortunately for the coffee world, arabica is also genetically predisposed for extinction. Cultivated arabica plants have a genetic diversity of just 1.2%, compared with more than 20% for crops such as rice and soy, making it less able to adapt to changing conditions. And it is a fragile, weakling of a variety that is susceptible to disease, including coffee leaf rust caused by the fungus Hemileia vastatrix, and pests such as the coffee borer beetle……….READ MORE HERE     

 

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