Coffee Diseases and Pests: Coffee Berry
Coffee berry disease was first
discovered in Kenya in 1920 and is caused by the virulent
strain of Colletotrichum coffeanum (Mitchell,
85). The fungus lives in the bark of the coffee
tree and produces spores which attack the coffee cherries.
Spraying has been determined to be the best way to avoid the
coffee berry disease. Captafol and copper-based fungicides
have been effective. The Kenyan coffee hybrid Ruiru
11 is resistant to both coffee berry disease and coffee leaf rust.
Further Information on Coffee Berry Disease:
coffeanum by Stephen A. Ferreira at the U. of Hawaii
vastatrix by Shawn Steiman