The Peanut Genomics Consortium brings together a coalition of international scientists and stakeholders to guide and implement research conducted in the Peanut Genome Project (PGP), an integral part of the Peanut Genome Initiative (PGI).
Genomics and biotechnologies are new areas of science for peanut research. The PGC is seeking to develop a more sustainable peanut through genomics and scientific research.
The PGC has the explicit goal of enabling breeders, geneticists, molecular biologists and other researchers to accelerate the pace of enhancing productivity, crop protection and product quality/safety of the cultivated peanut.
Knowledge of genome architecture will facilitate the identification of a wide range of DNA markers, genes, and peanut genotypes that influence important traits such as resistance to TSWV, nematodes and preharvest aflatoxin contamination; tolerance to drought or water stress; and nutritional quality.
Newly identified genes and alleles controlling these traits will enable marker-assisted breeding and transgenic strategies for accelerating peanut enhancement. The superior varieties and germplasm that result should help ensure sustainable peanut productivity and help address other needs of U.S. agriculture such as safety and biofuel issues.
Establishing collaborative working relations across geographic areas also will enable timely solutions that are needed to ensure an adequate future supply of safe and nutritious peanuts for food, feed and fuel applications. See http://www.peanut.bioscience.com for more information on peanut genomics.
Growers' Potential Savings from Genomic Effort
PGI Research Progress Chart Dec10a.pdf