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Rare wild coffee-making plant rediscovered

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As the climate crisis causes havoc in temperature and rainfall patterns around the world, one of the many crops under threat is humanity's precious coffee. Now scientists have identified a coffee-making plant that could be more robust against the rigors of the shifting seasons.

The plant is stenophylla coffee or Coffea stenophylla, a wild and relatively rare species found in Upper West Africa. Compared with the more commonly used coffee plants, it's better equipped to handle climate shifts.

What's more, it has a similar flavor to high-quality Arabica coffee made from the arabica (C. arabica) plant, so it should keep connoisseurs of the hot beverage satisfied as well. Arabica - currently dominating 75 percent of the market - is one of the varieties particularly under threat from climate change, as the plant needs very specific conditions to grow.

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-rare-wild-west-african-plant-could-save-coffee-from-climate-change

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41477-021-00891-4

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psyche101

Awesome.

Can't imagine life without a morning coffee.

 

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Yeah, but does Juan Valdez approve this message?  :w00t:

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