Marker-assisted selection will improve peanut production efficiency (Part 1)

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Marker-assisted variety selection could help reverse a trend of reduced peanut production in the United States. That trend has developed over the past few years, says Howard Valentine, executive director, The Peanut Foundation, the research arm of the U.S. peanut industry. The Foundation is using a five-year project and some $6 million to sequence the peanut genome and use marker-assisted breeding techniques to create varieties with more disease and pest resistance and improved shelf life, among other desirable characteristics. Valentine discussed the project, now in its second year, at the recent Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City Beach, Fla.

 

 

 

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