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Posted 27 April 2015. PMN Crop News.

Compendium of Coffee Diseases and Pests

Source: The American Phytopathological Society Press Release.

St. Paul, Minnesota (April 2, 2015)--Coffee Leaf Rust, insect and worm pests, and a host of other pests and disorders have devastated coffee crops in recent years. Coffee Leaf Rust alone has caused more than $1 billion in crop damage since 2012.


This damage has had a major impact on both growers and consumers. The world’s most widely traded agricultural commodity has become more scarce and expensive than ever, and it’s mainly due to diseases insects, mites, nematodes, and other disorders.

APS PRESS is proud to announce a new shot of energy in the fight against these pests: the Compendium of Coffee Diseases and Pests.

This vital new reference summarizes the current understanding of diseases and pests affecting coffee plantations worldwide, making it a vital resource to plant pathologists, extension personnel, growers, educators, students, regulatory agents, and other practitioners involved in diagnosis and crop management.

The Compendium of Coffee Diseases and Pests can help the international coffee community diagnose and manage nearly 50 diseases, pests, and disorders of coffee plants. And like other compendia in this trusted series, this easy-to-use book also provides guidance on minimizing susceptibility to plant damage, as well as strategies for management.

This compendium specifically covers infectious diseases caused by viruses, phytoplasmas, bacteria, fungi, nematodes, as well as an alga. It also covers nutritional deficiencies and physiological disorders that may be mistaken for plant diseases. The book also contains more than 100 colorful, high quality, and representative images to guide users toward an accurate diagnosis.

The book’s editors, Alvaro L. Gaitán, Marco A. Cristancho, Bertha L. Castro Caicedo, Carlos A. Rivillas, and Gabriel Cadena Gómez from Centro Nacional de Investigaciones de Café (Cenicafé) are among the top plant pathologists and entomologists studying coffee pests today. They brought together coffee researchers from around the world with decades of experience to produce this book.

For a limited time, individuals can purchase the Compendium of Coffee Diseases and Pests for just $99, or $20 off the cover price.

Bulk discounts are also available for easy distribution to growers, extension groups, coffee production and industry professionals, and academic institutions. A 10-book bundles are just $89 per book, a savings of $30; 50-book bundles can be purchased for just $79 per book; and a 100-book bundle offers the most savings, at a cost of $79 per book, which is $40 off the cover price.

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Book specifications and data

©2015; 8.5” × 11” softcover; 88 pages; 108 images; 2 pounds; ISBN 978-0-89054-470-9

This book is published by The American Phytopathological Society (APS) and may be purchased for $119 plus S&H from APS PRESS.

Review copies of the Compendium of Coffee Diseases and Pests are available. If you are interested in reviewing this book for your publication and can forward a copy of the published review within six months of receiving the book, please send your request with details of your publication to Dawn Wuest at

NOTE: Digital artwork of the book’s cover is available by contacting Dawn Wuest using the contact information provided. Please specify if the artwork will be used for print or electronic media.