Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

PMIL produces new infographic on proper sampling

The Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab has produced another installment in a series of infographics focused on the nutritional value of peanut and how to control one of the biggest contaminants that can ruin crops: aflatoxin.

A new infographic by PMIL stresses that proper sampling is key to getting an accurate reading.

The latest graphic – Detecting Mycotoxins – stresses that proper sampling is the key to finding an accurate level of any mycotoxin, including aflatoxin, which can plague peanut, maize and other crops.

Taking several small samples randomly from a large lot is important, the graphic stresses, and could have the greatest impact on whether test results are accurate. Improper sampling accounts for 85 percent of the error in mycotoxin test results, according to research.

Inaccurate test results can lead good lots of peanuts or grain to be rejected, while lots with harmful levels of mycotoxin might get to consumers.

The graphic is available on the PMIL website in English and will soon be available in other languages. Contact the management team at to request a particular language. (more…)

EU program looking for international agriculture communications professional

CDAIS, the European Union’s global partnership on capacity development for agricultural innovation systems, is looking for a Communications Developer.

CADAI operates in eight pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where the 2-year-old organization works to make agricultural innovation systems more efficient and sustainable in meeting the demands of farmers, agri-business and consumers. (more…)

PMIL launches new website

The Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab has a new website at

The new site actually went live late last year, as the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which hosts the PMIL’s management offices, launched a revamped version of its website. It had been more than a decade since CAES had redesigned its website, which has a sleeker design that displays well on mobile devices.

Visitors to the PMIL site will see more photos and user-friendly drop-down menus.

While most of the content available on the old site – such as documents, videos and news articles – are posted on the new site, previous links no longer will work.

If you have hyperlinked to pages on the old PMIL site, you should update the links or contact the management office at for help in redirecting to the new website.

Conference on Mycotoxins, Phycotoxins set for June

The 2017 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins, will be held June 18-23 at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

The conference will bring together senior and early-career scientists, as well as students, to address the very practical task of ensuring the safety of food and water supplies. Podium presentations will include a mixture of established and junior scientists, with a view to establishing networks and ideas to understand and mitigate these complex threats. (more…)

Check out webinar on Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

SPRING (Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovation in Nutrition Globally) will hold a webinar on April 5 on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), a tool designed and tested by IFPRI, that is used to measure women’s empowerment

SPRING used the tool in projects in Bangladesh, where women are relatively less empowered in comparison to the male members in the household. In most cases, they are not in a position to take part in the decision making process at the household level. (more…)

IFDC adds Farmer-to-Market training in Accra

The International Fertilizer Development Center will hold its seventh

Linking Farmers to Markets workshop in Accra from 15-19 May. The cost of the program is $1,650 until 17 April and $1,800 afterward.

 The successful training program has been conducted in both English and French in the past.

Who should attend? (more…)

Auburn releases new high-oleic variety

Auburn University has released a new high-oleic variety of peanuts, a runner-type that is drawing attention to the university’s young peanut breeding program.

It’s the first new variety for the new program, but won’t be the last, according to John Beasley, the head of Auburn’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, who was a peanut agronomist at the University of Georgia for 30 years before moving to Auburn.

“We’re looking at sources from other programs, and our program will help to expand the genetic resources available in the Southeast,” he said. “This release certainly puts us on the map as far as breeding programs go, and we’re expecting many new releases in the coming years with different genetic traits.”

Check out Auburn’s announcement about the release here.

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