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Auburn Professor Makes Breakthrough with Peanut Genome

Thursday, March 29, 2018  
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Growers and consumers alike can be excited for the successful map sequencing of the peanut’s genetic code, a five-year project conducted by The Peanut Genome Consortium — an international team of scientists that includes Auburn professor Charles Chen.

The breakthrough marked the completion of an intensive five-year project with members across the globe, but Chen said it only marks the first step in their ultimate objective.

“The question is, what’s the potential there?” Chen said. “We’re looking for the gene functions, how we can utilize that gene and genetically improve the plant. We want to see the peanut’s yield potential and enhance it so the yield goes up.”

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