Scientists from Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria, and at the Austrian University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien) want us to believe our coffee rust problems are due to low genetic diversity among cultivated plants in the Arabica variety. These geneticist say that the use of Plant Mutation Breeding can speed up the process of introducing changes to plants genetic make- up which will be the solution to fungal diseases like coffee leaf rust, and they will rapidly overcome natural plant resistance. These geneticist also stated “Plant mutation breeding is a fast way to develop improved crops with new and useful traits. They also mentioned that this method also offers a widely accepted, economical and environmentally sustainable approach to protect yield and ensure adequate quantities of pesticide-free crops.”
This is just another “silver bullet” for agriculture. Geneticists and farmers are constantly looking for the next CURE ALL SOLUTION like western medicine and the pharma industry use pills as the answer.