60 percent of wild coffee species at risk of ‘extinction’

Pic by Neil Palmer CIAT A coffee farm worker in Cauca southwestern Colombia
A coffee farm worker in Cauca southwestern Colombia. Image: Neil Palmer CIAT

More than half of the world’s 124 wild coffee plant species meet the criteria for inclusion on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, according to reports published [January 16] in Science Advances and Global Change Biology.

The study, carried out at Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, found that 60 percent of wild coffee species are at risk….Coauthor Aaron Davis tells Reuters that the threatened species could be a resource for breeders looking to tweak commercial coffee strains by, for example, helping them withstand changing climate conditions or resist disease. “There are many countries which depend on coffee for the . . . bulk of their export earnings,” he tells the wire service. “It’s estimated there are 100 million people producing coffee in farms around the world.”

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