The big rust - an update on the Latin American coffee leaf rust outbreak

Mavuno Commodities and CAB International explore some of the current challenges facing the coffee harvest.

It is now over a year since it became apparent that a major coffee rust outbreak was developing over a wide area of Latin America, ranging from Mexico in the north, to Peru in the south and east as far as the Dominican Republic. Recent workshops and conferences have been reviewing what happened and discussing what to do about it. Here, we try to summarise what is so far understood, concentrating on Central America and Colombia, from where we have the most data.

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