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Coffee genome could lead to better brew, tougher plants

Published on Sep 5, 2014 7:01 AM
 
Bubbles form on the surface of a cup of coffee in a cafe in New York on April 11, 2014. An international team of researchers on Thursday released the sequenced genome of coffee, saying it could help improve the flavour of one of the world's most popular beverages. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - An international team of researchers on Thursday released the sequenced genome of coffee, saying it could help improve the flavour of one of the world's most popular beverages.

The genome could lead to more rigorous crops by allowing scientists to develop stronger breeds of plants, with better quality and resistance to drought and disease.

The findings "could be a significant step toward improving coffee," said Philippe Lashermes, a researcher at the French Institute of Research for Development.

Some 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily around the world.

 
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