The Peanut Research Foundation took progressive strides forward in 2022. Consistent with our goals, we funded 13 research projects related to disease and aflatoxin resistance, general methodology and research support. Through the scope of our work, we are looking to the future and providing an investment in exploration and innovation to benefit the entire U.S. peanut industry.
Looking ahead, the board and staff are charged with understanding industry feedback to reimagine the foundation and future research opportunities. Dr. Steve Brown, our executive director, presented a timeline at the June 2023 meeting to collect this feedback, synthesize the information and present to our stakeholders this vision for the future.
The Peanut Research Foundation's 2022 Annual Report to the U.S. Peanut Industry, Harnessing Peanut’s Potential through Investment & Innovation, spotlights our 2022 accomplishments.
Report to the U.S. Peanut Industry on Results of Peanut Genomics and Breeding Research Peanut Genome Initiative. In 10 short years, The Peanut Research Foundation’s two peanut genome research initiatives have delivered significant science that has real-world commercial value to every sector of the U.S. peanut industry: growers, shellers, manufacturers and allied industries.
In 2021, USDA and land grant universities imposed COVID-19-related restrictions on travel and laboratory activities, which slowed progress of research in general including ours. Still, our accomplishments were significant.
The Peanut Research Foundation has completed the process of selecting an aflatoxin research project. A special call for aflatoxin related proposals ended in February and the board considered six excellent proposals. The board voted to fund Dr. Peggy Ozias-Akins’ proposal entitled “Genetic Approach to Mitigate Aflatoxin Contamination in Peanut“.