Peanut genome sequenced
The International Peanut Genome Initiative, led by a UGA faculty member, has successfully sequenced the peanut’s genome.
The new peanut genome sequence will be available to researchers and plant breeders across the globe to aid in the breeding of more productive and more resilient peanut varieties.
Peanut, known scientifically as Arachis hypogaea and also called groundnut, is important both commercially and nutritionally. While the oil- and protein-rich legume is seen as a cash crop in the developed world, it remains a valuable sustenance crop in developing nations.
Chaired by Scott Jackson, director of the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the initiative has been underway for several years.