Today, the UF/IFAS peanut-breeding program is developing new methods to breed superior peanut cultivars even faster and more efficiently. One of these methods, called near-infrared spectroscopy, allows breeders to test single peanut seeds for fatty acids, enabling scientists to determine relatively quickly which peanut cultivars have the high-oleic trait. Another area of peanut-breading research is the use of genetic markers. DNA-marker technology promises to expedite cultivar development. More importantly, it will allow breeders to assemble important traits into a single genetic line.
The focus of the UF/IFAS peanut breeding program is to combine as many desirable traits as possible into a single cultivar to produce top-grade, disease-resistant peanut plants with excellent yield and the healthy, high-oleic trait. The UF/IFAS peanut-breeding program will continue to deliver promising new cultivars that allow farmers to produce a product that is easier to grow, more profitable, healthier, and more delicious to eat.