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Many coffee species threatened with extinction – scientists

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 17, 2019 12:31

Many coffee species threatened with extinction – scientists

Climate change and deforestation are putting more than half the world’s wild coffee species at risk of extinction, including the popular commercial coffees Arabica and Robusta.Research published by experts at Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew found that current conservation measures for wild coffee species are not enough to protect their long-term future.Davis said among coffee species threatened with extinction are some that could be used to breed and develop the coffees of the future, including some that have resistance to disease and that can withstand worsening climatic conditions.He noted the findings were not just important for coffee drinkers. “There are many countries which depend on coffee for the … bulk of their export earnings. It’s estimated there are 100 million people producing coffee in farms around the world.”The researchers, whose work was published on Wednesday in the journals Science Advances and Global Change Biology, said their findings are a concern for Ethiopia in particular.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 17, 2019 12:31