FieldDrt400.gifRows of peanuts grown under full irrigation (left), 50% ET replacment (center), or 25% ET replacement (right).
ATT400b.gifPunched leaf disks of peanut accessions tested for heat stress tolerance by the acquired theromotolerance assay.



Our long-term goal is the development of improved varieties that can be grown profitably under deficit irrigation or heat stress.


          Water deficit stress. Adaptive mechanisms to drought include enhanced water use efficiency (WUE), transpiration efficiency (TE), reduced transpiration (T), capacity for continued flowering during drought, high harvest index (HI), and paraheliotropism.

We have screened germplasm from several sources under water deficit stress, and have found some accessions with improved tolerance to water deficit, based on plant response in the field (paraheliotropism, SPAD chlorophyll, and flowering), as well as measured by yield and harvest index. Genotypes with favorable responses to each drought-adaptive mechanism have been identified in these studies. We are using several of the best accessions to cross to cultivated materials, and are evaluating populations in the field.


          Heat tolerance. Using the acquired thermo-tolerance assay, we have found that there are some peanut accessions that have greater ability to adapt to heat stress. We have expanded the initial screen, and hope to identify additional accessions.


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