Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

Industrial Development Corporation announces funding opportunity

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa funds the development of competitive processed food, beverage, fiber, forestry and derivative industry that optimally utilizes and develops local and regional resources to supply domestic demand and increase participation in international trade. This will be achieved by expanding production capacity and promoting…
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Greg MacDonald describes field tour in Williston, Fla., USA, with visiting African scientists and PMIL collaborators

We visited with farmer Andy Robinson of 35 Farms, Williston, FL.  County agent Andrew Drew of Levy county hosted us. We traveled to Andy’s farm where we discussed his practices and farming operations for growing peanuts – specfically for peanut seed production. Andy discussed his fertility operations and told the group he uses site specific application techniques based on 1 acre soil grid sampling. Because of his unique soils (very deep coarse sand) he uses more potassium fertilizer and calcium compared to normal growers. He also utilizes a unique fungicide program.  Anthony Drew discussed maturity profiling as a method to determine when to harvest and also to maximize quality peanuts for seed.
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UGA Plant Pathologist on Peanut Stand Problems

UGA Plant Pathologist on Peanut Stand Problems Published in Growing Georgia Friday, March 13th, 2015 Author Dr. Tim Brenneman, UGA Plant Pathologist & PMIL Collaborator It seems like we are having a harder time in recent years getting a good stand of peanuts. Here’s a good research report concerning steps we…
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Science AAAS News: Eating Peanuts Prevents Allergy

Eating Peanut Prevents Allergy: Science AAAS News
By: Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
Published 23 February 2015

It may sound radical, but it works: Eating peanuts slashes the chance of a peanut allergy, at least in children at high risk of developing one, a much-anticipated study finds. The results are likely to catapult a long-standing theory—that ingesting potential food allergens is a way to prevent allergies—into mainstream medicine.

“This is the study,” says Rebecca Gruchalla, a specialist in allergy immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, who wasn’t involved in it. The data, she says, are “just mind-blowing.”
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