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Peanut IL, USAID featured in food summit at UGA

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recently brought together faculty and policy-makers from a variety of disciplines to explore how research can be part of feeding the world’s growing population.

The panel of food security experts at this inaugural Global Food Security Summit included Peanut Innovation Lab Director Dave Hoisington and Maura Barry Boyle, senior deputy assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Food Security.

Read more about the event.


AAGB holds meeting in China

The 2019 Advances in Arachis through Genomics and Biotechnology conference was held last week in Jinan, China, where the Peanut Innovation Lab Director, Dave Hoisington, and PIs, Peggy Ozias-Akins, Daniel Fonceka, Josh Clevenger, David Bertioli and Soraya Leal-Bertioli attended and presented some of their work through the Peanut Innovation Lab.

Prior to conference, a short award ceremony and dinner was held to recognize several people for their contribution to the recent peanut genome sequencing success. (more…)

Report: US ag benefits from overseas research

A new report commissioned by the International Food Policy Research Institute details how international agriculture research benefits U.S. interests, both in direct and indirect ways.

The federal government spends far less than some taxpayers believe on aid to developing countries, according to “How the United States Benefits from Agricultural and Food Security Investments in Developing Countries.” Total nonmilitary assistance to developing countries was $33.3 billion in 2017, less than 1% of the budget. Foreign agricultural aid is a small bit of that, just 0.04 % of the budget.

But for that investment, U.S. agriculture reaps diverse benefits, the report finds. (more…)

Cornell, Clemson, Kansas State will run new Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement

The new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement (ILCI) will be run through a collaboration between Kansas State University, Cornell University and Clemson and will be based in Cornell’s International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, according to an announcement made Wednesday at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.

The program focuses on advancing plant breeding tools, technologies and methods aimed at delivering staple crops that can increase yields, enhance nutrition and show greater resistance to pests and diseases.

Based in International Programs in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the project will support national breeding programs in East and West Africa, South Asia and Latin America and serve as a model for introducing advanced agricultural technologies at scale to countries around the world.

The five-year, $25 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative. (more…)

30-day challenge urges health through peanuts

The Peanut Institute is launching a 30/30 Peanut Challenge, 30 days when Americans are encouraged to incorporate 30 peanuts or two tablespoons of peanut butter into their daily diet.

“Studies in the United States and around the world have found that eating peanuts regularly has been associated with a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Peanut consumption has also been shown to deliver positive effects throughout the entire body and improve overall life expectancy,” said Dr. Samara Sterling, director of research for The Peanut Institute.

Peanuts are an important part of the diet in countries where the Peanut Innovation Lab works. Not only is the food a great source of protein, with 14 grams of power-packed plant protein, peanuts are economical and environmentally sustainable.

Read more about The Peanut Institute’s 30/30 Peanut Challenge.

Webinar explores gender, climate change and aflatoxin

The Gender, Climate Change and Nutrition Integration Initiative under the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is holding a webinar on Thursday titled: “Aflatoxins: The Climate, Gender and Nutritional Linkages.”

Panelists from IFPRI, USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, Purdue University and the former chief economist of the World Food Program will discuss how aflatoxins relate to climate change, gender and nutrition.

Registration is free, but required: CLICK HERE to register.
For more information about the webinar: visit the official event page.


Webinar: Aflatoxins: The Climate, Gender and Nutritional Linkages (under the GCAN Initiative)

Peanut Foundation taking research pitches

The Peanut Research Foundation is accepting research proposals for the next round of projects dubbed the Peanut Genome Initiative – Phase II.  This new phase will capitalize on previous accomplishments and use genomic and breeding tools to address real issues facing the U.S. peanut industry.

Disease resistance (initially focusing on leafspot), aflatoxin, drought tolerance and flavor conservation are key priorities. Ideally, at least one project will be funded in each of these priority areas, but that decision is dependent upon the quality of proposals received. Projects likely will fall in the $10,000 to $200,000 range, but there are no strict rules on the amount a researcher may request.

RFPs will be accepted each year of the four-year program, and multi-year proposals will be re-evaluated each year.

The Peanut Foundation will not fund research leading to GMO peanut cultivars. Proposals utilizing gene-editing technology will be accepted, but researchers should understand that the U.S. peanut industry is reluctant to utilize cultivars identifiable as gene-edited due to resistance from the European Union, a market for U.S. peanuts.

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