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Register for gender-focused legume breeding course

The deadline is Feb. 15 to register for the two-week GREAT Gender-Responsive Legume Breeding Course, which will be held in Kampala, Uganda in two sessions, from July 23 to Aug. 1, 2018 and Jan. 14-18, 2019.

GREAT courses are intensive, cohort-based trainings for small interdisciplinary teams of researchers from leading agricultural research institutions across sub-Saharan Africa. Through applied training in gender-responsive research theory and methods, participants can elevate the impact of their research, while building their professional network. GREAT’s training team of researchers is from Makerere University, Cornell University and other institutions.

This course is for: (more…)

USAID launches new peanut innovation lab at UGA

The University of Georgia has received a $14 million grant from the U.S. Agency of International Development to manage the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut Research, known as the “Peanut Lab,” a global peanut research program that works to alleviate hunger by helping farmers in developing countries grow healthy crops. The agreement builds on UGA and USAID’s long-standing partnership on global peanut research, which dates back to the 1980s.

Check out the full announcement from the University of Georgia.


APRES accepting abstracts for annual meeting

The American Peanut Research and Education Society is accepting abstracts for original papers or posters to be presented at the 2018 APRES Annual Meeting this summer. The July 10-12 gathering, the 50th annual meeting, will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Williamsburg, Virginia. Early bird registration is $250 for APRES members; spouses and children attend free.

APRES has secured a group hotel rate of $129 a night and a few per diem rooms at $91 a night.

Organizers strongly suggest that international members who plan to attend begin travel paperwork now. Contact APRES as soon as possible if you need a letter of invitation. (more…)

IFDC workshop to look at input subsidy programs

The deadline is approaching to register for the next International Fertilizer Development Center workshop, which will be held in Jinja, Uganda, the week of 19-23 February.

“Developing Private Sector Input Markets: Lessons Learned and Emerging Perspectives on Subsidy Programs” will draw cover the successes and failures of subsidy programs, as well as strategies.

Over the last decade many developing countries have implemented subsidy programs to support vulnerable farmers and reach remote regions that are not served by the private sector.

The programs have changed in their design and implementation, as  feedback showed many favored larger producers who already have better access to improved inputs. (more…)

Workshop in South Africa focuses on science diplomacy

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are seeking candidates to participate in the inaugural regional training workshop on science diplomacy to be held in South Africa, from 21 to 25 May 2018.

This training workshop is designed for young scientists (below the age of 40) living and working in sub-Saharan Africa and whose research and wider engagement has brought them into the international policy-making arena, as well as policymakers and diplomats interested in some of the central science-based themes that might influence their work, and representatives from NGOs and other sectors working at the science-diplomacy interface. Applications are invited from young scientists (up to the age of 40), as well as scientists and/or government officials, etc., with more experience in the policymaking arena (‘science diplomacy ambassadors’).

The completed application should be submitted via the online system which is accessible on: The deadline for submitting applications is 9 February 2018.


UGA prof and PMIL researcher, Wang, honored for toxicology work

Jia-Sheng Wang, the lead scientist on a PMIL project to validate a system to detect aflatoxin in dried blood, has been awarded the 2018 Translational Impact Award from the Society of Toxicology.

JS Wang

Wang serves as head of the Department of Environmental Health Science at the University of Georgia College of Public Health and has 35 years of research and teaching experience in toxicology, chemical carcinogenesis, molecular epidemiology and cancer chemoprevention.

His work with to identify biomarkers of aflatoxin exposure has advanced not only his own research to mitigate exposure to aflatoxin (which is carcinogenic), but also is helping other researchers around the world.

He is also a leader in exploring the role that natural products and dietary supplements may play in preventing cancer.

Founded in 1961, the Society of Toxicology is the preeminent professional organization for scientists who practice toxicology around the globe. The organization seeks to create a safer and healthier world by advancing the study and prevention of chemical, physical or biological agents that can harm people or the environment.

The Translational Impact Award is “presented to a scientist whose recent outstanding clinical, environmental health, or translational research has improved human and/or public health in an area of toxicological concern.”

Read more here. Congratulations, Dr. Wang.

New peanut milk hits stores – including Walmart – in January

Nut-milk processor Elmhurst debuted the new Milked Peanuts beverage at the American Peanut Council’s Winter Conference, giving attendees their first taste of two new varieties at a luncheon sponsored by the National Peanut Board. 
“The launch of the Elmhurst brand of Peanut Milk products truly opens up a new product category for our industry,” said Bob Parker, National Peanut Board president and CEO. “This new category introduction is important to our industry because the peanut market is mature in the U.S., with peanut butter on the pantry shelves in 94 percent of American households.”
Milked Peanuts has 31 peanuts per eight-ounce glass and uses runner peanuts with no emulsifiers or additives, according to Kimberly Behzadi, product manager for Elmhurst. The product contains filtered water, peanuts, cane sugar, natural flavors and salt; while Milked Peanuts-Chocolate adds cocoa (Dutch-processed) to the ingredient list. (more…)