Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
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Coffee rust (141)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Worldwide distribution. On arabica and robusta coffee. An important disease.
  • Spots, 2-3 mm, expanding to 15 mm, with yellow-orange powdery blotches on underside. Later, spots on top turn brown with yellow halos. Leaves may fall and shoots dieback. Over-bearing dieback may occur if rust epidemics occurs on high-yielding trees. Food reserves from the tree are diverted to the berries and stem dieback results.
  • Spores spread by wind and insects, but need water to germinate. Possibly, new strain in Central America.
  • Cultural control: critical factors are: spacing; soil nutrition; shade; resistant varieties (e.g., Catimor).
  • Chemical control: copper (protectant); triazoles (systemic). Usually, not needed above 1700 m.

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