Compendium of Coffee Diseases and Pests
Alvaro L. Gaitán and Others
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Coffee leaf rust, also known as Roya in Central and South American countries, is a fungus that has been grabbing headlines in recent years for its devastating effect on coffee crops--totaling more than $1 billion in losses since 2012, according to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition to coffee leaf rust, many other diseases, as well as insects, mites, and nematodes, have been attacking coffee crops. These diseases have hurt both growers and consumers, making coffee beans more scarce and in turn more expensive than ever across the world.
Enter Compendium of Coffee Diseases and Pests, written by the foremost plant pathologists and entomologists studying coffee pests today. This new book is an essential tool that will help users involved in coffee crop production to identify and minimize the effects of a wide range of diseases, disorders, and insect pests that afflict coffee plants and then apply disease management strategies based on the best research available.
The book’s scientific editors--Alvaro L. Gaitán, Marco A. Cristancho, Bertha L. Castro Caicedo, Carlos A. Rivillas, and Gabriel Cadena Gómez from Centro Nacional de Investigaciones de Café (Cenicafé)--have brought together coffee researchers from around the world and with decades of experience to produce a book that will help the international coffee community diagnose and manage nearly 50 diseases, pests, and disorders of coffee plants for years to come.
This book is organized into three parts:
• Part I covers infectious diseases caused by viruses, phytoplasmas, bacteria, fungi, nematodes, as well as an alga.
• Part II includes an extended overview of coffee pests.
• Part III discusses nutritional deficiencies and physiological disorders that may be mistaken for plant diseases.
Each part is well illustrated to help guide users to an accurate diagnosis. In all, the book includes more than 100 vivid, high-quality color photographs.
This easy-to-use, essential reference summarizes the current understanding of diseases and pests affecting coffee plantations worldwide. It provides invaluable information to plant pathologists, Extension personnel, growers, educators, students, regulatory agents, and other practitioners interested in the diagnosis and management of coffee pests.