Crop Genetics to Battle Harsh ConditionsSeptember 23, 2011
Researchers from New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) developed a system that reviews the collections of genetic information on peanuts that are stored in gene banks around the world.
"Gene banks around the world have large collection of peanut germplasm and it is unmanageable for any organization to accurately screen such large collections for useful traits," said NMSU researcher and professor Naveen Pupalla. In an article in Crop Science, the study reported that a core collection to the Valencia peanut was developed representing genetics from 15 countries.
Through further collaborative research with scientists from U.S. universities, the USDA-ARS Cropping System Research Lab and the National Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute, scientists placed the genetic information they gathered into five distinct location-based groups. This allowed them to determine which areas contain the most genetic diversity for the Valencia peanut. They found Brazil to be the primary center of origin for the Valencia peanut, a cultivar that is able to thrive in harsh environments.
The findings in this study may help develop crop cultivars that are able to thrive in harsh and changing environments.
Check out https://www.crops.org/story/2011/jul/wed/using-crop-genetics-to-battle-harsh-conditions for the full article.
Biotech Updates is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. It is distributed for free to over 22,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- The Benefits of Biotech to Agriculture
- Benefits of Good Nutrition Take Center Stage at UN High-Level Event
- Science Communication to Step Up in Muslim Countries
- US Embassy in Gambia Conducts Biotech Seminar for Policy Makers
- Scientists Develop New Potato Lines to Wage War on Wireworms
- Breeding Soybeans for Improved Feed
- Scab Resistance in Durum Wheat
- Crop Genetics to Battle Harsh Conditions
- Texas Center Aims for Drought Tolerant Melons
- Hidden Link in DNA of Plant
- Variety Market Development: A Bt Cotton Cropping Factor and Constraint in China
- Notice of License Application for Limited and Controlled Release of GM Wheat and Barley
- Indonesian Farmers Learn Biotech Crop Adoption in the Philippines
- York Scientist to Produce Biofuel from Orange Peel
- Adoption of GM Crops in Spain Reaches Record High
- Butterflies on Bt Corn Not at Risk in Nature
- DEFRA Approves Wheat Trial
- Swiss Consumers: Freedom of Choice and GM
- Scientists Develop Blight-resistant Potato using Ensifer-mediated Transformation
- Researchers Investigate Molecular Mechanisms of Duplicated Genes in Tobacco
- Improved Phosphate Uptake in Alfalfa Seeds by Overexpression of Genes from Medicago truncatula
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Blind Circadian Clock of Cavefish Enlightens Scientists
- Online Gamers Help UW Researchers Solve AIDS Mystery
- 'Gloomy' Gene May Make People More Positive
- Feeds: Genetically Modified
- Philippine Agribiotechnology Annual Report
Read the latest:
- Biotech Updates (June 7, 2023)
- Gene Editing Supplement (May 31, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (February 22, 2023)
Subscribe to BU: