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Peanut farmers may see “paradigm shift” in production (Part 2)

U.S. peanut growers may soon witness a “paradigm shift” in the way they produce their crops as market-assisted breeding technology provides a new tool to identify desired traits and incorporate those into new varieties.

Howard Valentine, executive director of The Peanut Foundation, the research arm of the U.S. peanut industry, says genome sequencing of both native and domestic peanut cultivars will allow breeders to identify traits such as disease and insect resistance and the incorporate those into new varieties, which will allow farmers to improve yields and reduce costs.

Valentine discussed the project at the recent Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City Beach, Fla.



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