Controlling coffee berry disease naturally
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CTA. 1993. Controlling coffee berry disease naturally . Spore 47. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Nurturing micro-organisms that already live on coffee bushes may be a more effective way of controlling coffee berry disease than using expensive fungicides. Studies on smallholder coffee farms in Kenya have shown that very few farmers spray against...
Nurturing micro-organisms that already live on coffee bushes may be a more effective way of controlling coffee berry disease than using expensive fungicides. Studies on smallholder coffee farms in Kenya have shown that very few farmers spray against coffee berry disease because they are unable to afford the fungicide. This is in sharp contrast to the larger plantations where spraying is undertaken as a matter of course. Studies by the Coffee Research Foundation also indicated that the larger plantations actually suffered greater losses from coffee berry disease than did the small holdings. This led the foundation's plant pathologist Dr Dina Masaba, to look more closely at the micro-organisms and microflora that live on coffee bushes. Dr Masaba found that some of the microflora, mainly fungi, attack and control various pathogens including the fungus causing coffee berry disease. However spraying against the disease and against other pests also destroys these beneficial microflora. The next stage of the research will be to find ways of encouraging the beneficial microflora and to develop reduced spraying regimes that will avoid harming them and yet still keep other pests under control. Coffee Research Foundation PO Box 4 Ruiru KENYA