Building a better cup of coffee through genetics
May 5, 2014
(from The Sacramento Bee)
“I’ve started a research project to examine gene-expression differences between coffees grown at different altitudes,” he said in a in The Sacramento Bee. “Coffee is a unique commodity that affects the lives of millions of people around the world… so it’s compelling to contribute to something with such human importance.”
Altitude is crucial in coffee growing since flavor and aromas change significantly with varying temperature and microclimates. This line of research could also yield important information about disease resistance. Near-epidemic levels of “coffee rust” disease affect coffee-growing regions of Central and South Americas.
- Juan Medrano, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis, 530-752-6786,
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis, contact:
- Ann Filmer, Senior Director of Communications, 530-754-6788,[email protected]