We intend to continue our focus on marker assisted selection technologies that improve and speed the
peanut breeding process and will not invest in GMO research at this time. We do see amazing potential
in the recent advances in gene editing. While the USDA has ruled that gene editing does not result in a
GMO, the European Union recently ruled that gene editing is a GMO technique. Therefore, given the
importance of exports to U.S. peanut growers, shellers and manufacturers, we will not invest in gene
editing research that would result in what the EU would consider a GMO peanut. However, we would
consider supporting research where gene editing is used only as a research tool that helps us
understand how genes work. Get the complete plan.
In 2012, the U.S. peanut industry charged The Peanut Foundation with initiating a research program to map the genetic code of the peanut plant. The Peanut Genome Initiative (PGI) was — and remains — the largest research project ever funded by our industry, with the $6M cost shared equally among growers, shellers and manufacturers. This is the final report of that five-year program.
The Peanut Foundation (TPF) is soliciting general & genomic proposals to address research priorities relevant to the needs of the peanut industry (http://www.peanutbioscience.com). This is the only TPF request for research proposals for 2016. Proposal selection and budgetary award will be based on available funds.
This report is the 4th edition of annual research accomplishments from the 5-year The Peanut Genome Project. Achievements in 2015-2016 are documented in technical detail within the main body of the full report. Highlights are summarized here.
The Peanut Foundation is a non-profit foundation that directs and supports peanut research, on behalf of all segments of the peanut industry, to: