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Peanut Varietal Development

An Integrated Global Breeding and Genomics Approach to Intensifying Peanut Production and Quality


  • PMIL breeders in East and Southern Africa update research, plan seed trials
    PMIL breeders in East and Southern Africa update research, plan seed trials
  • Q&A with C. Michael Deom
    Q&A with C. Michael Deom
  • Groundnut Seed Production Manual for Uganda now available
    Groundnut Seed Production Manual for Uganda now available

This project’s goal is to use conventional and molecular breeding to enhance the productivity, quality and marketability of peanuts in target countries. The proposed research focuses on intensifying the biotic resistance, abiotic tolerance and quality aspects of peanut varieties through partnerships with USA and developing country breeding programs. Biotic stresses include resistance to economically important pathogens and pests, while the primary abiotic stress addressed is drought tolerance and avoidance, a trait that factors into mitigating aflatoxin contamination.

The breeding programs also focus on value-added traits, including high oleic content (adding to nutrition and shelf-life), increased micronutrient density (contributing iron and zinc), high oil content (good for cooking oil and butter) and large seeds (popular in the market).

As advanced varieties become available, they are distributed to PMIL target country collaborators and PMIL value chain projects for evaluation as well as other developing countries that request the material.


Lead Scientist

Dr. C. Michael Deom, Professor

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Research Collaborators

CSIR - Savannah Agriculture Research Institute

  • Dr. Nicholas Denwar

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

  • Dr. Patrick Okori

Mozambique Agricultural Research Institute

  • Dr. Amade Muitia

National Semi Arid Resources Research Institute

  • Dr. Gayi Dennis
  • Dr. David Kalule Okello

New Mexico State University

  • Dr. Naveen Puppala

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

  • Dr. Subbarayalu Mohankumar

Texas A & M University

  • Dr. Mark Burow
  • Charles E. Simpson

University of Connecticut

University of Florida

University of Ouagadougou

  • Dr. Philippe Sankara

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Dr. Rangaswamy Muniappan

Institution

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Research Locations

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia

Duration

November 26, 2013 - July 31, 2017

Award No.

AID-ECG-A-00-07-0001

Sub-Award Amount

$1,609,328