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Last modified: Friday, October 7, 2005

Holland Lecture: More predators, more coffee

Oct. 7, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A global decrease in coffee yields has led to higher prices at supermarkets and coffee shops, and it's jolting consumers for all the wrong reasons.

As this year's Holland Lecturer, University of Michigan agro-ecologist Ivette Perfecto will discuss her research, which suggests the introduction of predators (bees, ants and birds -- not jaguars) to southern Mexican coffee fields can improve yields. The Holland Lecture will be in Myers Hall 130 on Monday (Oct. 10) at 4 p.m.

The Holland Lecture Series, established in 2000, is sponsored by the IU Office of the Vice President for Institutional Development and Student Affairs, the IU Office of Academic Support and Diversity, and the IU Bloomington Department of Biology. The series brings to the Bloomington campus great researchers who are members of demographic groups historically underrepresented in the sciences. Series namesake James P. Holland won many awards in recognition of his devotion to the needs of minority students and the education of all IU students. He died in 1998.

For more information about the lecture, visit or contact Kathy Wyss, IUB Department of Biology, at 812-855-6195 or