LONDON, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) – 60% of them with possible extinction, including the wild relative of Coffea arabica, the world's favorite and most widely traded coffee.
The findings, published Wednesday in the leading research journals Science and Biology, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to discover, analyze and document the world's coffee species, and assess their extinction risk.
The selected coffee species, were threatened by deforestation, climate change, and the spread and increasing severity of fungal pathogens and pests.
Highlighting the impact of climate change on the wild Arabica, researchers, using computer modeling, showed that, in Ethiopia, the number of locations where Arabica grows could decrease by as much as 85 percent by 2080.
The findings are a picture of concern for the long-term future of global coffee production. The multi-billion dollar sector is founded on and has been sustained through the use of wild coffee species.
Arabian and Robusta, but I will give you the chance to drink and eat, but I will give you the chance to eat coffee and you will not be able to eat coffee.
Aaron Davis, the head of coffee research at Kew and lead author of the Science Advances paper, to protect the future of coffee.
"We hope our findings will be used to influence the work of scientists, policy makers and coffee sector stakeholders to secure the future of coffee production – not only for coffee lovers around the world, but also as a source of income for farming communities in some of the most impoverished places in the world, "Aaron said.