Never rains but it pours

As it turns out, climate change is not the only thing coffee has to contend with in East Africa. There’s the Coffee Berry Borer too. Integrated pest management is showing some promise, but, as a comment on a recent Plantwise post reminds us, the effect of climate change on the pest is “forecasted to worsen in the current Coffea arabica producing areas of Ethiopia, the Ugandan part of the Lake Victoria and Mt. Elgon regions, Mt. Kenya and the Kenyan side of Mt. Elgon, and most of Rwanda and Burundi.” That’s for the crop, of course, and things may not be so bad for wild trees, for micro-environmental if not genetic reasons. But you never know.

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