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BBC: Who, What, Why: What is coffee rust? (2014)

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The US is stepping up support for coffee farmers in Central America. What is the coffee leaf rust that is killing their crop and threatens to push up the price of beans in the shops?

 

Coffee's plague starts with yellow spots and what look like burn marks. They form on the leaves of the coffee plant, causing the foliage to wither until the tree resembles a skeleton. It stops bean-producing cherries from growing. This is coffee rust or roya, caused by the hemileia vastatrix fungus. For two years it has been ravaging Central America and the Caribbean. Arabica plants - used for espresso and filter coffee - are particularly vulnerable. Arabica accounts for almost all production in the worst affected countries of Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Panama.

 

The current epidemic is the worst seen since the fungus appeared in Central America in 1976, says the International Coffee Organisation. More than half of the region's coffee-producing areas are affected. In 2013 alone, production fell 20%.

 

The US government worries that farmers could swap coffee for drug-producing crops. It has announced a $5m project for researchers at Texas A&M university to look at ways of eradicating the fungus. But that will not help in the short-term. The only real answer is to replant with fungus-resistant varieties as Colombia has done, says Mauricio Galindo, head of operations at the ICO.


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Safeguarding the future of food security - The Guardian

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The Guardian Safeguarding the future of food security The Guardian Using such GM techniques, Jones and his team have recently reported success in producing potatoes resistant to late blight by introducing a gene cloned from a wild relative held in...

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Lab Life: The Anatomy of a Retraction | Food Matters, Scientific American Blog Network

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Scientists travel on the edge of the known world, exploring nature through observation, experimentation and repeated testing. Our building blocks are pieces of experimental evidence that ...
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Lets Talk: A Story of Interspecies Communication

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In a feat worthy of the Turing cryptographers, some plants have evolved a cypher-breaking detection system, called the XA21 receptor, that intercept the Ax21 bacterial code and use this information to trigger a robust immune response, ...
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Genetic dissection of the biotic stress response using a genome-scale gene network for rice

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UCSD alum arrives in Europe to pick up Nobel Prize

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UCSD graduate Bruce Beutler is in Sweden, where he will give his Nobel Prize lecture on Wednesday. He'll formally receive the Nobel in physiology or medicine on Saturday in Oslo. (RT @UCSDalumni: Congrats again to Dr.
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Jules A. Hoffmann - Nobel Lecture: Evolutionary Perspectives of Innate Immunity: Studies with Drosophila

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Ernest Beutler Receives Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology

Dr. Ernest Beutler was honored with the Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology at the 2007 American Society of Hematology Annual Mee...
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Black Rice – A Wealth of Untapped Value for Rice Producers, Consumer Health ... - Oryza

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Nat. Rev. Microbiol.: Focus on Plant Microbe Interactions (2013)

Microbial ecology: A bacterial decoy skews plant defences

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Symbiosis: Non-legumes answer the rhizobial call

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RNA silencing suppression by plant pathogens: defence, counter-defence and counter-counter-defence

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On the front line: structural insights into plant–pathogen interactions

Lennart Wirthmueller, Abbas Maqbool & Mark J. Banfield

 

Geminiviruses: masters at redirecting and reprogramming plant processes

Linda Hanley-Bowdoin, Eduardo R. Bejarano, Dominique Robertson & Shahid Mansoor

 

Going back to the roots: the microbial ecology of the rhizosphere

Laurent Philippot, Jos M. Raaijmakers, Philippe Lemanceau & Wim H. van der Putten

 

Filamentous plant pathogen effectors in action

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Portrait of the 2011 Nobel Laureates - Media Player at Nobelprize.org

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Hemophilia B Gene Therapy Breakthrough

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Hemophilia B is the first well-known disease to appear treatable by gene therapy, a technique with a 20-year record of almost unbroken failure.

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The Complex Art of Telling It Simply -- Yaffe 4 (202): eg11 -- Science Signaling

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STOCKHOLM — Two scientists who will collect this year's Nobel Prize in medicine praised late co-winner Ralph Steinman on Tuesday, saying he probably knew he was in line for the prestigious award. American Bruce ...
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Bruce A. Beutler - Nobel Lecture: How Mammals Sense Infection: From Endotoxin to the Toll-like Receptors

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