Auburn University Professor Working on Peanut Breeding Project-Develop New Varieties for Peanut Farmers

So it's more resistant to diseases, better flavor lower production cost and more

An Auburn university professor is working on a peanut breeding project to develop new varieties for peanut farmers that’s more resistant to diseases, better flavor lower production cost and more.

They’ve teamed up with international scientists to map the peanut’s genetic code. Five years in, one Auburn scientist has developed a new peanut called AU NPL 17.

“As a breeder, we wanted to develop a variety for food supply for all people. The population is growing. We don’t have enough to supply for 7 billion people, so that’s a very critical thing we are doing,” said Dr. Charles Chen, Head of the Auburn University Peanut Breeding and Genetics Program.

Dr. Chen’s peanut can help do that because it resists disease, is cheaper for farmers to raise, lasts longer after harvest and  it tastes good.

The discovery is exciting for local farmers as Georgia is number one and Alabama is number two for peanut-producing in the United States.

A better peanut is a big deal in agriculture because that means another sustainable resource to feed the world’s growing population.

“The biggest problem right now people are facing is the population is increasing and the land we have is decreasing. So, people are not understanding the importance of how that will be a problem. After 2050, we could have no food to eat, so that’s why its important to do research on how we can increase the yield in a small area,” said Jinesh Badel, Auburn University Peanut Researcher.

A big deal for Auburn University too because high profile breakthroughs like this one help recruit new students in to agriculture research.

“Traditionally a lot of people think agriculture, there’s no science,” said Jason Wang, Auburn University Peanut Researcher.

From the lab to the fields, that new peanut should be available to U.S.  farmers in 2019.

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