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January 17th, 2019 / Independent, UK

Two decades of research have revealed that 60 per cent of the world’s coffeespecies face extinction due to the combined threats of deforestation, disease and climate change.

The wild strain of arabica, the most widely consumed coffee on the planet, is among those now recognised as endangered, raising concerns about its long-term survival.

These results are worrying for the millions of farmers around the world who depend on the continued survival of coffee for their livelihoods.

As conditions for coffee farming become tougher, scientists predict the industry will need to rely on wild varieties to develop more resilient strains.

The new study by a British team based primarily at Kew Gardens was the first to assess the status of all 124 coffee species that grow wild across Africa and Asia. Read more