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FACS researchers find new use for peanut skins

The United States produces about 3 million metric tons of peanuts per year. Nearly 60 percent of that production, according to FDN associate professor Ruthann Swanson, goes into peanut butter, which means there’s about 1.2 billion pounds of peanut butter available for consumption per year. But what happens to all the peanut skins? Click here for more details.

Peanut growers get advice on difficult dryland decisions

Georgia’s irrigated peanut crop looks good as harvest gears up, but the dryland crop poses some challenges with maturity dates and quality. Drought and heat hit fields hard this summer at crucial growing times. Peanut farmers need to harvest and handle the dryland crop carefully. Click here for more details.

Common gut bacteria prevent sensitization to allergens in mouse model for peanut allergy

The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. By inducing immune responses that prevent food allergens from entering the bloodstream, Clostridia minimize allergen exposure and prevent sensitization – a key step in the development of food allergies. The discovery points toward probiotic therapies for this so-far untreatable condition, report scientists from the University of Chicago, Aug 25 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Click here for more details.

Cotton, peanuts focus of research at Sunbelt Ag Expo

The Darrell Williams Research Farm at the Sunbelt Ag Expo continues to be a major base of on-site research for University of Georgia Extension specialists. During the recent field day, fertility, variety trials and disease and pest management for all major Southern agronomic crops were just a few of the areas covered. Click here for more details.

Americans mostly alone in favoring peanut butter

“Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” Former President James A. Garfield is credited with those words of wisdom, and the American public seems to agree. An estimated 90 percent of American households consume it, and since the price of peanuts is expected to drop, based on a recent report by the Georgia Peanut Commission, shoppers may save a little money next time they buy a jar. Click here for more details.

New Study Planned for Improved Peanut Allergy Treatment

A new clinical study is planned for improving methods of oral immunotherapy treatments which, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI), have not been ready for use in private practice yet, due to a variety of adverse events. Click herefor more details.