Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

Food reserve looking for storage partner in W. Africa

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), through the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF), has issued a Call for Proposals from companies, boards, agencies or commissions capable of providing food storage for the West African Regional Food Security Reserve. The European Union is supporting the West African Food Security Storage Support Project financially.

The objective is to select groups with storage capacities and equipment, as well as proven professional experience and expertise, in order to ensure the reception, storage and conservation of the physical stock consigned to them on a contractual basis. (more…)

Future leaders fellowship can help pay for international ag conference

The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development is taking fellowship applications for students attending both the AIARD Annual Conference (June 5-7) and the Future Leaders Forum in Washington, D.C. Fellowships are made possible by USAID support and are awarded on a competitive basis to students who have a demonstrated interest in international agriculture and rural development.  (more…)

Time running out to submit for 2016 APRES meeting

The deadline is approaching to submit a paper or poster for the 2016 American  Peanut Research and Education Society (APRES) meeting in July. APRES members who wish to present  original  papers or posters at the 2016 APRES Annual Meeting should submit an abstract online by March 31 at

The  48th Annual  Meeting  will be held at the Hilton Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, Florida, from July 12 to July 14, 2016. If you have questions, reach out to the 2016 Technical Program Chairman, Ramon Leon, at 850-983-7102 or .

Geneticist to lecture on the origins of modern peanut

DavidBertioli-81David Bertioli, a plant geneticist from the Universidade de Brasília who is working at the University of Georgia, will deliver a lecture Wednesday on the genome sequences of peanut’s diploid ancestors. While the lecture will be presented in Athens, Ga., researchers around the state and across the globe can listen in.

Working with the International Peanut Genome Initiative, or IPGI, Bertioli traced the origins of the modern peanut to a wild plant from Bolivia, which is the prehistoric ancestor of today’s cultivated peanut species. (more…)

Research4Life gives access to academic journals – for free

Research4Life, an organization that offers free or low-cost access to academic and peer-reviewed papers, is holding a webinar to show users how they can use the service.

The Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS) Community in R4L_logo_2015_smallcooperation with Research4Life is holding “Research4Life: the library that opens doors” in English on March 17 at 11 a.m. (Rome time) and in Spanish on March 18 at 4 p.m. (Rome time.) (This time zone converter can show your local time.) (more…)

IITA posts job for Aflasafe director in Africa

 The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is hiring a managing director for the Aflasafe Technology Transfer Program in Africa.The managing director will work with 10 to 20 professionals across 11 African countries.

Aflasafe is a relatively new biocontrol product IITA developed in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which reduces the prevalence of aflatoxins in treated maize and groundnut by 80 to 99 percent. The product now is ready to be manufactured and distributed to farmers at scale. The Aflasafe Tech Transfer Program is designed to identify strategic options for partnership with private companies or government entities, execute those partnerships and help ensure the products reaches millions of farmers. (more…)

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