Rust Fungus Attacks Coffee Plantations in Guatemala

A mutant strain of the fungus is affecting 40% of trees in this country and is raising concerns due to its spread potential.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

This aggressive variety of rust attacks the leaves of plants and reduces their productivity, and it finds better conditions in low-altitude sites, where it is warmer and there is more moisture.

Central America and Mexico produce about a fifth of the world's Arabica coffee, a quality grain preferred by roasters such as Starbucks. The presence of rust is a serious concern for farmers in the mountains or on the slopes of volcanoes, Reuters reported.

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