In recent years the productivity inside shade grown ecofriendly coffee plantation is on the decline. The reasons are many. Most coffee farmers point out an accusing finger to this drastic reduction in yields per hectare due to global warming.
The Western Ghats, recognized world over as one among the 18 HOTSPOTS of the world, consist of some of the finest shade grown coffee plantations. Shade grown Indian coffee mountains stretch forth hundreds of miles and are known to harbor the widest variety of rare flora and fauna. Few landscapes have such beautiful wildlife and […]
Microorganisms are an integral part of the coffee ecosystem. Our earlier articles have clearly defined the functional role played by these minute wonders in maintaining the sustainability and ecological integrity of the coffee mountain. This article is different from the rest because it explains in detail the production of antimicrobial substances produced by living microorganisms […]
Readers are requested to refer the article Coffee Plantations: A Multi-Disciplinary and Microbial Interactions in Coffee Plantations for a better understanding of the present article. The amazing fact about Indian Coffee Plantations is that they are steeped in a tradition of growing coffee under shade by a variety of trees. The coffee plants are surrounded […]
Coffee plantations occupy an important part of the Western Ghat landscape. This biological hot spot is home to thousands of species of rare and endangered plant and animal life. Hither to scientists were busy mapping the biotic flora and fauna that was visible to the naked eye. Our brave predictions indicate that this hot spot […]
In our previous article we had explained the role of bacteria in maintaining the coffee plantation ecology. This article highlights the role of yet another important microorganism namely, FUNGI in shaping the coffee mountain ecology. Fungi are a group of diverse and widespread unicellular and multicellular eukaryotic microorganisms. Fungal species are commonly found in soil, […]