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Crop Breeding and Applied Biotechnology

Print version ISSN 1518-7853On-line version ISSN 1984-7033

Crop Breed. Appl. Biotechnol. vol.19 no.3 Viçosa July/Sept. 2019  Epub Oct 31, 2019 


IAC Catuaí SH3 - a dwarf Arabica coffee cultivar with leaf rust resistance and drought tolerance

Luiz Carlos Fazuoli1 

Masako Toma Braghini1 

Maria Bernadete Silvarolla1 

Wallace Gonçalves1 

Júlio César Mistro1 

Paulo Boller Gallo1 

Oliveiro Guerreiro Filho1  *

1Instituto Agronômico de Campinas (IAC), Avenida Barão de Itapura, 1481, CP 28, 13.020-902, Campinas, SP, Brazil.


The cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 was developed by the pedigree method, from the recombination of the coffee tree H 2077-2-5-46, of the Catuaí Vermelho germplasm, with accession IAC 1110-8, from the exotic cultivar BA10. Cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 is high-yielding, resistant to coffee leaf rust and tolerant to drought.

Keywords: Coffea arabica; cup quality; durable resistance; Hemileia vastatrix


Coffee leaf rust, caused by Hemileia vastatrix Berkeley and Broome is ​​the main disease of coffee (Zambolim et al. 2002, Zambolim et al. 2005). Detected in Brazil in 1970, nowadays 17 physiological races of the fungus are found known, while 28 other exotic races were already described by the International Center for Coffee Rust (CIFC) in Oeiras, Portugal (Várzea et al. 2002).

Nine resistance genes, four of which from Coffea arabica (SH1, SH2, SH4, and SH5), one from C. liberica (SH3) and the others from C. canephora (SH6 to SH9), have been used individually or together in the development of resistant cultivars, as a strategy to combat the pathogen (Bettencourt et al. 1992, Bettencourt and Fazuoli 2008).

The resistance of several Brazilian Arabica coffee cultivars, developed as described above, was overcome after around 10 years on average, by the appearance of new physiological races of the fungus (Del Grossi et al. 2013). In Brazil, only the resistance conferred by gene SH3 has not yet been overcome by the pathogen.

Accession IAC 1110-8, a single tree of the exotic cultivar BA10, incorporated in 1953 in the IAC germplasm bank, and carrier of gene SH3, has a durable resistance to the disease, and is to date resistant to the fungus races occurring in Brazil.

This study describes the development of a new Arabica coffee cultivar, derived from the hybridization of coffee tree H 2077-2-5-46, from the Catuaí germplasm with accession IAC 1110-8, of the exotic cultivar BA10.


The Arabic coffee cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 was developed at the Agronomic Institute (IAC), Campinas, SP, Brazil, from a cross carried out in 1967 between a coffee trees of the line H 2077-2-5-46 of the germplasm released later, in 1972, as cultivar Catuaí Vermelho and accession IAC 1110-8 of the exotic cultivar BA10, respectively, used as female and male parents (Figure 1).

Figure 1 Genealogy of cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 of Coffea arabica, with location and year of evaluation of the progenies selected by the pedigree method. 

The hybridization had the objective of combining complementary agronomic traits of the parents in a new cultivar. The coffee tree H 2077-2-5-46 has a compact architecture, with short internodes on both the orthotropic stem and plagiotropic branches, due to the homozygous expression of the allele caturra (Carvalho et al. 1984); but highly productive, and susceptible to coffee leaf rust. On the other hand, IAC 1110-8, a single plant of selection BA10, is highly resistant to this disease. The germplasm was imported by IAC in 1953, from the US Department of Agriculture, and was subjected to selection at the Experimental Station in Balehonnur, India.

The rust resistance present in accession IAC 1110-8 is a result of introgression of genes from C. liberica (Bettencourt and Carvalho 1968); the plants have a tall tree size, good yield and high incidence of elephant beans.

Cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 was developed by the pedigree method, after seven generations of selection, in progeny trials in coffee-producing regions of São Paulo, in which diverse traits such as yield, plant vigor, fruit size, ripening cycle, rust resistance, bean output, percentage of flat, peaberry and elephant beans, 100-bean weight of the flat type, drought tolerance, resistance to brown-eye spot and cup quality were evaluated.

The new cultivar was registered in 2015 by the National Register of Cultivars, of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (RNC/MAPA). The name IAC Catuaí SH3 was attributed to the distinct, homogeneous and stable population, carrying the S H 3 gene in homozygosis (S H 3 S H 3), a trait that confers resistance to the rust races identified to date in Brazil.


The performance of cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 was evaluated in rainfed cultivation in producing regions of the State of São Paulo. The data of the mean coffee yield in bags of green coffee per hectare and per year and the relative yield in comparison with the experimental control, in trials carried out in Mococa and Franca, are shown in Table 1.

Table 1 Mean productivity in green coffee bags per hectare per year and relative yield of cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 compared to Catuaí Amarelo IAC 62 and Catuaí Vermelho IAC 99 cultivars, respectively in Mococa and Franca, SP 

Location Cultivar Yield (bags ha-1 yr-1) Relative yield (%) Rust resistance1
Mococa2 IAC Catuaí SH3 39.1 135 0
Catuaí Amarelo IAC 62 29 100 4
Franca3 IAC Catuaí SH3 57 142 0
Catuaí Vermelho IAC 99 40.3 100 4

1 Evaluation on a 0-4 scale, where 0 and 1 = resistant; 2 = moderately resistant, 3 = moderately susceptible and 4 = susceptible; 2Average of five harvests; 3Average of six harvests.

In a rainfed experiment, planted in 2006 in the Polo Nordeste Paulista, Mococa, SP, the mean yield of five harvests of cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 was 39.1 bags of green coffee ha-1 yr-1; cultivar Catuaí Amarelo IAC 62, an experimental control, produced 29 bags of green coffee ha-1 yr-1. In another experiment, also without irrigation, planted in Franca, SP, in 2005, cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 had a mean yield over five harvests of 57 bags; cultivar Catuaí Vermelho IAC 99, used as control, produced 40.3 bags of green coffee ha-1 yr-1. Assigning a value of 100 to the yield of each cultivar used as control, the relative yields of cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 were higher at both locations, 35% in Mococa, SP and 42% in Franca, SP.

The plant resistance to coffee rust was evaluated in the same experiments, on a 0-4 scale, where 0 and 1 were attributed to resistant; 2 to moderately resistant; 3 to moderately susceptible and 4 to susceptible coffee trees (Mendonça et al. 2016). Coffee trees of cultivar Catuaí Amarelo IAC 62, in Mococa, SP and of cultivar Catuaí Vermelho IAC 99, in Franca, SP were classified as susceptible to coffee leaf rust, classified by 4 points on the disease severity scale. At the same locations, no lesions were observed on plants of cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3, which were classified as resistant (Table 1).


Information related to other agronomic and technological characteristics of the new cultivar are listed in Tables 2 and 3.

Cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 is very vigorous and has an intermediate ripening cycle between the medium and late classes used in the table of minimum descriptors for cultivar protection of MAPA. The bean output, relation between the green coffee weight and dry fruits weight is 48.2%, similarly to that of Catuaí Vermelho IAC 99. The percentage of flat beans is 90.0% and the incidence of elephant beans lower than 5% (Table 2), as recommended for the release of new commercial cultivars of the species.

Table 2 Plant vigor, bean output, ripening cycle, and bean types of cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 compared to Catuaí Vermelho IAC 99 cultivar, in Franca, SP 

Cultivar Vigor1 Bean output2 Ripening cycle Bean type
Flat Peaberry Elephant
Points % %
IAC Catuaí SH3 9 48.2 Medium to late 90.0 6.5 3.5
Catuaí Vermelho IAC 99 7 47.6 Medium to late 92.7 5.5 1.8

1 Evaluation on a 1-10 point scale, where 1 = slightly vigorous coffee trees and 10 = very vigorous coffee trees; 2 (Green coffee weight/dry fruit weight)*100.

The vigor and turgescence of coffee trees of the cultivars IAC Catuaí SH3, IAC 125 RN and Obatã IAC 1669-20 were visually evaluated in the field, after prolonged drought in Campinas, SP (Table 3), respectively, on 1 - 10 scales, were 1 = slightly vigorous plants and 10 = very vigorous plants and 1 = withered leaves and 10 = turgid leaves.

Table 3 Mean indices of visual evaluation of vigor and turgescence of the cultivars evaluated in the experiment on the Fazenda Monte D'este, in Campinas, SP 

Cultivar Vigor1 Turgescence index2
IAC Catuaí SH3 8.3 7.7
IAC 125 RN3 7.0 5.0
Obatã IAC 1669-203 8.0 5.3

1 Evaluation of coffee trees on a 1 - 10 scale, where 1 = slightly vigorous and 10 = very vigorous; 2 1 - 10 scale, 1 for withered leaves and 10 turgid leaves; 3 Experimental control.

The mean vigor of cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 was 8.3 points, while the experimental controls had ​​slightly lower values, i.e., 7.0 for cultivar IAC 125 RN and 8.0 for cultivar Obatã IAC 1669-20. The mean turgescence index evaluated after prolonged drought was 7.7 points for cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 while the controls were more sensitive, with 5.0 and 5.3 for cultivars IAC 125 RN and Obatã IAC 1669-20, respectively.

Bean samples of cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 used in sensory evaluations carried out in 2016 by specialists reached an average of 85,5 points on the scale of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), evidencing the good cup quality of the cultivar.

Morphological, technological and agronomic characteristics of cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 with the respective descriptions are shown in Table 4.

Table 4 Morphological, technological and agronomic traits of cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3, with the respective descriptions 

Traits Descriptions1
Size (tree height) Short (=‘Catuaí’)
Canopy radius Between medium (=‘Catuaí’) and large (=‘Acaiá’)
Canopy architecture Cylindric (=‘Catuaí’)
Internode length Between medium (=‘Catuaí’) and long (=‘Mundo Novo’)
Intensity plagiotropic branching High (=‘Catuaí’)
Young leaf color Green (=‘Catuaí’)
Leaf length Between medium (=‘Mundo Novo’) and long (=‘Obatã’)
Leaf width Between medium (=‘Mundo Novo’) and large (=‘Obatã’)
Leaf shape Elliptical
Undulation of the leaf margin Between slight and moderate (=‘Catuaí’)
Color of ripe fruits Red murrey
Fruit shape Oblong (=‘Mundo Novo’)
Fruit size Between medium (=‘Mundo Novo’) and large (=‘Acaiá’)
Bean length Short (=‘Catuaí’)
Bean width Large (=‘Catuaí’)
Ripening cycle Between late (=‘Catuaí’) and very late
Rust resistance2 High resistance
Nematode resistance Susceptible
Reaction to Brown Eye Spot3 Susceptible
Cup quality Similar to Catuaí

1 Obatã, Catuaí, Mundo Novo, and Acaiá are Brazilian cultivars of Coffea arabica; 2 Hemileia vastatrix Berkeley and Broome; 3 Cercospora coffeicola Berkeley and Cooke.


Cultivar IAC Catuaí SH3 was registered by MAPA/RNC, on November 11, 2015 (Registration no. 34813), and granted temporary protection by the National Plant Protection System (SNPC) MAPA/SNPC on December 28, 2016 (Certificate no. 20160296). The IAC is responsible for the production and distribution of genetic seeds.


The authors are grateful to the Brazilian Coffee Research and Development Consortium (CBP&D/Café) for financial support and a research scholarship to LCF and MTB, and indebted to the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) for a research scholarship to OGF (CNPq DT 308.634/2016-0).


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Received: June 19, 2017; Accepted: October 18, 2018

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