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Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 10:37am

UGA to Map Peanut Genome

Updated: 3 years ago.
The research could create more disease and drought resistant peanut varieties (photo courtesy Vietnam Plants via Flickr)

The University of Georgia is looking for a better peanut.

UGA researchers have announced plans to map the legume’s genome, potentially allowing for hardier plants and better profits for Georgia farmers.

UGA agronomist John Beasley says, genetic research could help protect peanuts from disease:

"If you’re able to find those genes that will help develop resistance then it makes it much easier for the peanut breeders to then come and develop a cultivar that has resistance or hopefully near immunity to a specific disease problem."

While Beasley warns it might take years for the research to create new peanut varieties, the information could lead to more drought resistant plants.