PRO/PL> Leaf rust, coffee – Colombia: new strains

Other Plant Disease — Colombia
Colombia’s coffee federation has discovered 9 new, more aggressive variants of the fungus that causes coffee rust. Since 1983, when rust was first detected in the country, the National Center for Investigations of Coffee (Cenicafe) has identified 22 varieties of the rust [see, for example, ProMED posts http://promedmail.org/post/20100526.1745, http://promedmail.org/post/20091008.3490, http://promedmail.org/post/20090225.0773]. “I call on producers to build or renew their crops with resistant