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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:53 AM

Climate change threat to Arabica coffee crops

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20252472


Wild Arabica is important because crops grown in plantations have limited genetic diversity

Climate change could severely reduce the areas suitable for wild Arabica coffee before the end of the century.

That is the conclusion of work by a UK-Ethiopian team published in the academic journal Plos One.

It supports predictions that a changing climate could damage global production of coffee - the world's second most traded commodity after oil.

Wild Arabica is important for the sustainability of the coffee industry because of its genetic diversity.

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