Coffee is next (not same) to the forests in their neighborhood as per the latest research on biomass and biodiversity. However, this tag fits well for the shaded coffee, that too the coffee under the shade of wild trees. Silver oak is a threat for the biodiversity of coffee orchards, but is replacing the wild trees in the orchards. This change in the land-use can affect the delivery of natural ecosystem services.
Our new research suggests that the delivery of natural pest control was not really affected by the change in the shade tree species! Want to know more about the research, please see our article published in Biological Control
Congratulations all authors, and in particular our Master’s dissertation students Gopika and Fahira!