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Coffee Berry Disease (CBD)

CABI Bioscience has extensive research experience into this disease in East Africa. Recent research has enabled the causative pathogen, Collotetrichum kahawae, to be properly characterised and its ecology understood. It is related to the ubiquitous but less pathogenic C. gloeosporioides from which it presumably evolved as a pathogen of wild coffee species in the

Lake Victoria area. CBD has spread slowly across Africa to affect most arabica producing areas but does not (yet) occur outside Africa. CABI Bioscience has an extensive collection of isolates of the disease from across Africa. CABI Bioscience has participated in research seeking to establish possibilities for biocontrol of the disease using microbial antagonists which occur naturally in the coffee bark.

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Contact CABI Commodities:
CABI Commodities Coffee Co-ordinator - Dr. Peter Baker - p.baker@cabi.org
CABI Commodities Cocoa Co-ordinator - Dr. J. Flood - j.flood@cabi.org
CABI Commodities Project Administrator - cabi-commodities@cabi.org