Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

2016 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM Travel Award

The Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The conference is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF HRD Unit, including underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities.
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Dr. Rick Brandenburg to Host Southern Africa Peanut Value Chain Meeting in Malawi

Dr. Rick Brandenburg from North Carolina State University, PMIL Lead Scientist for the Southern Africa Peanut Value Chain Intervention, is hosting a project meeting on the 28-29th of September in Lilongwe, Malawi. Over 50 project partners including researchers, students, and private sector actors from the target countries, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia, plus collaborators from the United States and the United Kingdom will attend the meeting. Initial findings and updates from the ongoing projects that span the value chain will be presented to improve multidisciplinary and regional cooperation and impact during the completion of the project.

Visit our website for more information about the Southern Africa Peanut Value Chain Intervention project.

Visiting Scientist Conducts Research on Peanut Pathogen at UGA Griffin

Visiting scientist conducts research on peanut pathogen at UGA Griffin
Published August 26th, 2015 in Georgia FACES
Writers Sharon Dowdy and Christy Fricks
Photographer Christy Fricks

A native of Ghana, Maxwell Lamptey is visiting the University of Georgia in the hopes of learning new methods of fighting aflatoxin—a carcinogen produced by soil fungus that can grow on peanuts. Lamprey is working alongside UGA food scientist Jinru Chen on the university’s campus in Griffin, Ga. He is studying different methods of solar drying peanuts.Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 3.10.57 PM
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Call for Applications: U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC) or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. U.S. citizenship is required and applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program at the time of application.

10 September 2015 – Informational Webinar

9 November 2015 –Application Deadline

Agrilinks: Exploring storage and drying solutions for aflatoxin prevention

We sat down with Sophie Walker, Chief of Party of the AflaSTOP project. Based in Kenya, AflaSTOP is investigating storage devices that will prevent the growth of aflatoxin-producing mold during storage and exploring drying technologies that will help farmers reduce grain moisture from current levels at 15-18 percent to a safer 13.5 percent. AflaSTOP intends to commercialize the most promising of these technologies in order to scale adoption.
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