CHAPTER 9: Coffee Rust Epidemics in Central America: Chronicle of a Resistance Breakdown Following the Great Epidemics of 2012 and 2013

    Authors and Affiliations
    • Jacques Avelino
    • Francisco Anzueto

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      Because coffee rust occurs in almost all countries where coffee is grown, it is often cited as the most important coffee disease. In 2012, a destructive series of coffee rust epidemics devastated Central America. The authors describe the Central American coffee rust crisis, including its impacts and plausible causes; detail the breeding strategy used to fight the disease; and highlight future challenges.