This article presents research on coffee stand structure and diversity, with data collected from 61 coffee plots in Chiapas, Mexico.
Research Goals & Methods
The following variables were measured: coffee density, slope, plot aspect, the number of individuals of each shade species (divided into 9 diametric classes), number of strata, species use, and presence of woody plant species.
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Coffee yields and soil nutrients under the shades of Inga sp. vs. multiple species in Chiapas, Mexico
The type of canopy structure that provides shade to shade-grown coffee may make a difference in production. While Mexican coffee producers have often sought to replace a natural diverse canopy with Inga latibracteata alone, the benefits of either method for yield and for ease of management have not been adequately studied.
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