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WCR Presents—Rust: A history

About This Webinar

In the midst of one of the worst human pandemics in a century, join us as we take a deep dive into coffee's most notorious disease -- coffee leaf rust. In a webinar with historian Stuart McCook, we will explore how plant epidemics, like people epidemics, are not created by the disease alone. To become an epidemic you need three things: The disease , a susceptible host , and the right environmental conditions (i.e., settings that enable the spread of disease).

There have been multiple epidemic outbreaks of coffee leaf rust over the last 200 years, including most recently in 2012-2014 in Central America. Histories of coffee leaf rust often, rightly, focus on its the human and economic costs. Since the initial outbreak in the mid-nineteenth century, though, rust has also transformed the global coffee industry in other, less obvious ways. This talk will explore how rust has helped shape today’s global coffee industry, and may continue to do so in the future.

World Coffee Research has, since its inception in 2012, focused on finding solutions to assist farmers cope with the challenge of coffee leaf rust as part of its program of applied research. We are excited to welcome Dr. McCook to give us context for understanding the difficulties posed by rust and what we can learn from legacy solutions. More about WCR's work on rust here: https://worldcoffeeresearch.org/work/applied-rd-coffee-leaf-rust

About World Coffee Research
World Coffee Research applies advanced agricultural science for coffee on a world-wide, collaborative basis. We were formed by the global coffee industry in 2012, with the recognition that innovation in coffee agriculture is necessary to transform coffee producing into a profitable, sustainable livelihood that can meet rising demand while also safeguarding natural resources.

Who can view: Everyone
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Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Historian, University of Guelph
Stuart McCook is the author of Coffee is Not Forever: A Global History of the Coffee Leaf Rust (Ohio University Press, 2019) and a professor of environmental history at the University of Guelph in Canada
Webinar hosting presenter Hanna Neuschwander
Director of Communications, World Coffee Research
The intersection of coffee and science is Hanna's passion. She writes regularly and speaks globally about the future of coffee and coffee agriculture. She is the author of over 50 magazine articles on coffee, and of the book Left Coast Roast. She is based in Portland, Oregon.
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