ATLANTA — Earlier this summer, the National Peanut Board (NPB) sponsored several competitions for students of peanut research whose awards were presented during the American Peanut Research and Education Society (APRES) meeting.
“Production research is invaluable to our industry and we’re proud to support the next generation of peanut researchers,” said NPB Research Committee Chair and Arkansas peanut grower Greg Baltz. “The variety of issues these students are studying, including genomics work, is exciting and will have an impact on farmers for years to come.”
The 4th Annual Graduate Student Poster Competition, sponsored by the National Peanut Board, attracted 16 participants from 7 universities and 3 countries. The Winner is April Skipper (The University of Georgia) for “Evaluating Sampling Methods for Two Rootworm Pests, Diabrotica undecimpunctata and Diabrotica balteata, and Determining Their Relative Abundance in Georgia Peanut Fields.” Second place was awarded to Benjamin Aigner (The University of Georgia).
The 34th Annual Joe Sugg Graduate Student Competition expanded this year from one competition to two–PhD. and M.S. divisions. Sole sponsor from year one, the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association and new co-sponsor National Peanut Board joined forces to ensure both divisions receive the same cash award. The move saw an exponential growth in the number of competitors–a record 43 students from 11 universities and 5 countries.
The Grand Prize Winner of the Joe Sugg Award-PhD. Division competition was Cassandra Newman (North Carolina State University) who presented her research, “Genomic Characterization of North Carolina State University’s Germplasm and Breeding Lines”. Second Place went to Alan Peper (The University of Georgia) and his research, “Survey, Isolate and Apply Calcite Dissolving Bacteria as a New Form of Calcium Source”. Third Place went to Marco Goyzueta (University of Florida) for his research, “Utilizing QTLseq Pipeline to Identify Genetic Regions Linked to the Black Pod Trait”.
The Grand Prize Winner of the Joe Sugg Award-M.S. Division competition was Jessica Bell (The University of Georgia) who presented her research, “Sensitivity of Athelia rolfsii from Commercial Peanut Fields in Georgia to Tebuconazole and Flutolanil”. Second Place went to Kenyanna Taylor (Valdosta State University) and her research, “Effect of Mixing Elemental Sulfur with Demethylation Inhibitors (DMI) And Quinone Outside Inhibitors (Qoi) On the Management Of Late Leaf Spot (Nothopassalora Personta) and Rust (Puccinia Arachidis) Of Peanut (Arachis Hypogaea)”. Third Place went to Raegan Holt (The University of Georgia) for her research, “Screening Various Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) Genotypes for Aflatoxin Contamination Using in vitro Seed Colonization of Aspergillus flavus”.
To date, NPB has allocated more than $37 million to production research projects.
–National Peanut Board