Devastating Coffee Leaf Rust Confirmed In Kona, Not Hilo

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Coffee leaf rust, the devastating coffee plant pest known to growers around the world, has been found for the first time in the Kona coffee growing region on Hawaiʻi island.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Identification Services confirmed the pathogen in samples that were collected on October 31 by a Kona coffee grower in Hōlualoa. Meanwhile, suspected samples from Hilo that were mentioned in an earlier news release from Hawaiʻi agriculture officials tested negative for CLR.

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