January 21, 2013

Coffee Rust Fungus Affects Central America

The cost of coffee could be headed up in the near future for higher quality beans as up to 30% of Central American coffee is affected by a coffee fungus. The Rust Fungus (Hemileia vastratrix) infects the leaves of the coffee tree. The infection drops coffee harvest amounts and has been reported in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The effect can ultimately devastate the producers who may have small farms, that if infected could bankrupt them with only one or two years of low production.

The fungus is spread by physical contact as well as wind and rain.

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 21, 2013 8:32 AM
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