A recent article written by the The Economist talks about how science is leading the charge on preventing the infamous coffee-berry borer from destroying coffee crops.
This beetle has special bacteria in its gut that prevents it from eating any caffeine and thus protecting it from the coffee cherry. This allows the beetle to bore itself in the cherry rendering the coffee useless. A team of scientists are trying to synthesize a similar bacteria in hopes of killing off these beetles and preserving the bean itself.
Check out the article below.