A last round of coffee?
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CTA. 2000. A last round of coffee?. Spore 89. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The surviving remnants of the wild arabica coffee plants growing in the highland rainforests of Southwest Ethiopia are under serious threat
The surviving remnants of the wild arabica coffee plants growing in the highland rainforests of Southwest Ethiopia are under serious threat. Some 90 per cent of the coffee consumed around the world is arabica coffee, grown on plantations outside Ethiopia. These plantations are at risk from disease, and when disaster strikes, plant breeders turn for genetic help to the coffee s cradle, Ethiopia, which is also home of the largest coffee genebank and of even greater genetic reserves scattered through the forests. These highland forests have lost more than half their trees in the past 30 years, and today they cover less than 2000 square kilometres. They are being exploited for timber and razed to make way for tea plantations and for resettlement of people. These forests possess great genetic variability of arabica coffee and are the best available source of germplasm for the crop s improvement and pest control. (see also Links) Source: New Scientist magazine, 24 June 2000.