The World’s First Open-Access Coffee Genome Sequence

by

Editorial Policy

Published on

Last updated on

[W]ant to know what in the world the Coffea arabica genome looks like? Well, now you can take a look at the first ever publically available genome sequencing on the World Coffee Research website. The accomplishment is thanks to a partnership between illycaffé, Lavazza, Istituto di Genomica Applicata, IGA Technology Services, DNA Analytica, Universities of Trieste, Udine, Padova, and Verona, called The Coffea arabica Genome Sequencing Project. The collaboration began in 2015 under the leadership of professor Giorgio Graziosi of DNA Analytica Srl, with the goal to ensure the future of coffee agriculture, which is currently under threat from climate change.

“The sequencing of the coffee genome gives us the ability to ‘read’ the plant and precisely identify its origins as well as determine, for example, the genes that give it a certain resistance to diseases or infections,” says Lavazza vice chairman Giuseppe Lavazza. “This could result in a superior quality coffee end product based on objective criteria. Indeed, excellent quality is the ultimate goal our company has always pursued, and which is the focus of our ongoing research projects.”

The Genome Sequencing Project hopes that by making their findings available to the public, the impact of the research will be maximized in making sure coffee is sustainable for the generations to come.

Share This Article

Fresh Cup Staff

Join 7,000+ coffee pros and get top stories, deals, and other industry goodies in your inbox each week.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Other Articles You May Like

What Does Experimental Processing Mean for Farmers?

Experimental coffee processing methods are becoming increasingly popular in the specialty coffee world. But what does it mean for farmers to engage with the potential—and risk—of these methods?
by Veronica Blaine | May 22, 2024

In Colombia, Making Coffee Viable for Young Producers

The average age of coffee farmers in Colombia is 55. But there’s a thriving community of producers and changemakers making coffee viable and exciting for the next generation. 
by Nick Castellano | May 17, 2024

How Regenerative Agriculture Changed the Lives of Two Colombian Coffee Producers 

Across Colombia, producers are adapting and implementing new models for producing coffee—here’s how two producers used regenerative agriculture to improve their farms.
by Nick Castellano | May 1, 2024

The Accidental Coffee Farmer

When respected coffee farmer Andres Magaña Ortiz was deported after living in Hawaii for 30 years, his daughter Victoria had no choice but to take over.
by Fionn Pooler | March 13, 2024