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Discovering Virus-Resistant Peanuts

Leaf-spot diseases and drought stress are major factors that result in economic losses for peanut farmers. Researchers at Auburn University are using NIFA funding to identify molecular markers directly linked to these two challenges. After examining 118 peanut genotypes, researchers found four that were resistant to tomato spot wilted virus (TSWV). These highly resistant genotypes could be used to develop TSWV-resistant cultivars in a peanut-breeding program that will improve yields and profits.

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