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Achieving sustainable cultivation of coffee Breeding and quality traits


Dr Lashermes is Director of Research at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France. He co-led the international initiative that sequenced the coffee genome, and has published extensively on coffee genetics.



Publication date:

09 January 2018

Length of book:

410 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786761521

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Coffee is one of the most widely traded commodities in the world. Coffee cultivation faces a number of challenges including over reliance on a relatively small number of varieties vulnerable to a range of abiotic and biotic stresses as well as increasing expectations of quality amongst consumers. These challenges are addressed by this volume.

Part 1 looks at advances in understanding plant physiology and ensuring genetic diversity. These provide the basis for summarising developments in breeding improved varieties of Arabica and Robusta coffee. The second part of the book reviews our understanding of the chemical composition, sensory properties and potential nutraceutical benefits of coffee.

With its distinguished editor and international range of expert authors, this volume will be a standard reference for coffee scientists, growers and processors.

Key features

  • Covers recent research on coffee genetics, physiology and genetic diversity 
  • Reviews the latest developments in breeding new varieties 
  • Assesses advances in measuring and understanding the chemical composition, sensory and nutraceutical properties of coffee

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What others are saying...

“Despite its popularity as a beverage and its economic importance, coffee has been considered as an orphan crop. This book on the recent advances in coffee research will help to meet the current challenges facing sustainable coffee production. It is edited by a senior IRD researcher (Dr P. Lashermes) with a long experience on coffee genetics. This book is the most up-to-date synthesis on major advances in coffee science, written by a large panel of researchers involved in international coffee research projects, in collaboration with the coffee industry worldwide. This book will be useful for scientists from universities, research institutes and industry in coffee-producing and coffee-consuming countries.”
Emeritus Professor Andre Charrier, Montpellier SupAgro, France

Table of contents

Part 1 Plant physiology and breeding
1.Diversity and genome evolution in coffee: Philippe Lashermes and Marie-Christine Combes, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France;
2.Coffee tree growth and environmental acclimation: Fabio M. DaMatta, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil;
3.Environmental and genetic effects on coffee seed biochemical composition and quality: Thierry Joët and Stéphane Dussert, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France;
4.Ensuring the genetic diversity of coffee: Sarada Krishnan, Denver Botanic Gardens, USA;
5.Developing varieties of Arabica coffee: Herbert A. M. van der Vossen, Coffee Breeding Consultant, The Netherlands;
6.Developing varieties of Robusta coffee: N. Surya Prakash, Central Coffee Research Institute, India;
7.Developments in molecular breeding techniques in Robusta coffee: Alan Carvalho Andrade, Embrapa Café/Inovacafé, Brazil;
8.Breeding caffeine-free coffee beans: Chifumi Nagai, Hawaii Agriculture Research Center, USA; and Jean-Jacques Rakotomalala, Centre National de la Recherche Appliquée au Développement Rural, Madagascar;
9.Disseminating improved coffee varieties for sustainable production: Charles Lambot and Juan Carlos Herrera, Nestlé R&D Center, France;

Part 2 Quality traits
10.Chemical composition of coffee beans: an overview: Michael N. Clifford, University of Surrey, UK; Iziar A. Ludwig, Universitat de Lleida, Spain; Alan Crozier, University of California, Davis, USA;
11.Bioactive compounds in coffee beans with beneficial health properties: Ningjian Liang, Kaiwen Mu and David Kitts, University of British Columbia, Canada;
12.Beneficial compounds from coffee leaves: Claudine Campa, UMR IPME, France; Arnaud Petitvallet, Wize Monkey, Canada;
13.Nutritional and health effects of coffee: Adriana Farah, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
14.Advances in research on coffee flavour compounds: Roberto Buffo, National University of Tucumán, Argentina;
15.Harmful compounds in coffee: Noel Durand, CIRAD, France and Angélique Fontana, University of Montpellier, France;
16.Flavour as the common thread for coffee quality along the value chain: Mario R. Fernández-Alduenda, Coffee Quality Institute, USA;
17.Metabolomics as a powerful tool for coffee authentication: Sastia P. Putri and Eiichiro Fukusaki, Osaka University, Japan;
18.Life cycle analysis and the carbon footprint of coffee value chains: Louis Bockel and Laure-Sophie Schiettecatte, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Italy;