Georgia Science Teachers, 4-H Educators and FFA Advisors - Friday, Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m.
Story Date: 1/25/2018

Georgia Science Teachers, 4-H Educators and FFA Advisors:

We invite you and your students to join an interactive scientific discussion with University of Georgia researcher Scott Jackson Friday, January 26, at 11:30 a.m. on Facebook Live:

Scott will share how he and his team were able to successfully unlock the peanut’s genetic code, followed by questions submitted via Facebook Live at the link above.

“Study of peanut genome structure and order makes a great detective story, where many clues are found and linked together to unlock mysteries of genetics and gene regulation. This is exciting work,” said UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Scott Jackson, co-chair of the consortium.

An international group of agricultural scientists, including University of Georgia and USDA scientists based in Georgia, have mapped the genetic code of the peanut. Results of the five-year research project give scientists around the world a map with which to unlock some of the genetic potential of the peanut plant.

This discovery by the Peanut Genome Consortium, a group of scientists from the U.S., China, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, India, Israel, and several countries in Africa, gives scientists the capability to find beneficial genes in cultivated and wild peanuts to use in breeding new peanut varieties. These traits can lead to greater yields, lower production costs, lower losses to disease, improved processing traits, improved nutrition, improved safety, better flavor and virtually anything that is genetically determined by the peanut plant.

Live from the Lab is brought to you by The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Communications and Creative Services in partnership with the UGA CAES Office of Research and UGA CAES Office of Academic Affairs. To view previous Live from the Lab editions, visit

Previous Live from the Lab Series:

Marian Brewer, antifungal resistance and new CDC-funded project, Nov. 3, 2017 (12 minutes):

Jason Wallace, millet research, UGA Crop and Soil Sciences, (14:30 minutes):

Please let Merritt Melancon ( or David Allen ( know if you have any questions or need more information.