NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Agriculture is allocating $1 million to fend off a pest that has recently ravaged the Hawaiian coffee industry.

USDA and US Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced the initiative on Thursday, which will include research into the genetic makeup of a beetle called the coffee berry borer, in order to discover biological weaknesses that can be exploited.

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