Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

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FDA says peanuts can be labeled ‘healthy’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow peanuts to be called “healthy,” the National Peanut Board announced.peanuts

This week, FDA started the public process to redefine what foods can claim on their label to have healthy nutrient content. In the interim, FDA has issued guidelines that allows industry to refer to peanuts as healthy, due to their high levels of unsaturated fat and overall beneficial nutrient profile.  (more…)

Webinar covers how to handle gender data in ag censuses

The Global Forum for Agricultural Research’s Gender in Agriculture Partnership (GAP) has organized a webinar for 4 October on three on-going initiatives to mainstream sex-disaggregated data and gender indicators in national agricultural censuses and surveys, and in agricultural development projects.

As the first of a series developed by the GAP group this webinar will discuss three on-going initiatives to mainstream sex-disaggregated data and gender indicators in national agricultural censuses and surveys and in agricultural development projects.  (more…)

Funding available to attend ICRISAT drought conference

The InterDrought-V conference is offering 100 fellowship awards to young scientists from developing countries who have made notable research contributions in the areas of drought and stress tolerance in plants.

The conference will be held 21-25 Feb. 2017 in Hyderabad, India.

The awards will include 20 grants for airfare, hotel and conference registration; 40 grants for hotel and registration; and 40 grants covering only registration. Researchers from African countries, particularly those who can show partial funding to attend the conference, will be given priority.

See abstract requirements and how to apply for a fellowship at the conference website.

Deadline to apply for funding is 30 Sept. 2016.

Afri-Oils aims to revive peanut exports from Malawi

Agribusiness investor AgDevCo will put $1.5 million into a Malawian peanut processor that aims to make the country an exporter again.

AgDevCo Logo (PRNewsFoto/AgDevCo)

AgDevCo Logo (PRNewsFoto/AgDevCo)

The company, Afri-Oils Limited, is building a new processing facility to handle locally grown peanuts, and estimates that the company will provide higher incomes for 18,000 Malawian smallholder farmers by marketing nuts in regional and export markets.

Malawi produces over 200,000 tonnes of groundnuts a year, but exports collapsed after European and other markets tightened quality standards for aflatoxin, the natural byproduct of a mold that can contaminate peanuts, maize and other crops. Through farmer training programs, and improved handling and sorting methods, Afri-Oils aims to demonstrate that Malawi can meet international standards on the control of aflatoxin.

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Online debates set to discuss best aflatoxin control

Over two weeks in September, the Platform for African-European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development Phase (PAEPARD) will hold a pair of online debates with some 300 experts or actors which are implementing research and development activities related to aflatoxin.

The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) have been invited to share their research needs related to the mitigation of aflatoxin contamination. (more…)

Peanut Foundation taking proposals for research funding

The Peanut Foundation is requesting general and genomic research proposals for funding for 2017, the only time the foundation will solicit proposals in this funding cycle.

Proposals should address research priorities relevant to the needs of the peanut industry. Proposal selection and budgetary award will be based on available funds.

TPF will consider 2017 proposals in the following research areas: (more…)

Grants available for early-career scientists to attend genomics congress

The fifth Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress is coming up in March and two grants are available to help offset expenses for early career researchers to present their work. The presentations will be given as part of the main program, providing a 15-minute platform to share research with a diverse and engaged audience.

Selected researchers will receive a complimentary pass for both days of the conference as well as a grant of up to £750 to contribute to travel and accommodation expenses.

Grant applications are due Sept. 7. Follow this link to apply. (more…)

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