Peanut Genome Initiative - Phase II Research Plan (2019-2022)

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.