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ARS National Peanut Lab Advances Capacity Building in Sub-Saharan Africa, February 2015

The ARS National Peanut Research Laboratory (NPRL) advanced capacity building to Sub-Saharan Africa as part of a cooperative research project managed by the ARS Office of International Research Programs (OIRP). Under an agreement managed between Dr. Renee de Arias, ARS-NPRL and Dr. Steven Runo, Kenyatta University Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology in Kenya, one of Dr. Runo's graduate students received training at ARS on performing genetic transformation of peanut. This student has already received training at NPRL on genetic transformation of peanut, and single-tube nested PCR for detecting transgenic plants. He applied this knowledge to seeds of peanut cultivars commonly grown in Malawi and Zambia in support of his Masters project on transformation with RNAi. This application was intended to prevent aflatoxin in peanut by making the plant resistant to the fungal agent that produces this toxin.

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