UF/IFAS Researcher Growing 1,500 Types of Peanuts as Part of USDA’s Genetic Resources Unit

Researchers at the University of Florida are growing 1,500 different types of peanuts in order to help feed starving children. By growing all 1,500, Greg MacDonald and his researchers can do a side-by-side study of yield, grade, biochemical components and genetic background of the different varieties. Eventually, the results will be used via a partnership with USAID to create a peanut paste that can provide all of a child’s nutritional needs from a meal in one pouch. MacDonald is also hoping to combat aflatoxin, which is produced by mold in peanuts, which has caused cancer and other health issues in humans.

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