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University of Georgia researchers have completed the first comprehensive molecular map of the peanut plant. Like a roadmap, it will give scientists the directions they need to develop better varieties for farmers and better products for consumers.Unlike a roadmap, the molecular map identifies plant genes and where they’re located.”We have developed landmarks and determined how the landmarks are arranged with respect to one another (within the peanut plant),” said Andrew Paterson, a plant geneticist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The landmarks enable us to determine what important genes, instead of cities, are nearby.”Mapping the genes of plants has revolutionized crop breeding over the past decade, Paterson said.”Most major crops already have genetic maps, but the peanut was especially difficult,” said Paterson, who began looking into the peanut genome five years ago.The Peanut HighwayThis map is the beginning of a framework for a physical map and sequence for the peanut genome.”The molecular map is like putting mileposts along the highways. The physical map is like driving along the highways from milepost to milepost,” Paterson said. “The sequence is having total and immediate recall of everything that lies along every highway.”That kind of information can help plant breeders develop better plants.”One of the important uses of the map is to transfer desirable genes from wild relatives and exclude undesirable genes. This is badly needed in peanut,” Paterson said.John Beasley, a UGA Extension peanut agronomist, agrees. By understanding genes, scientists can efficiently develop plants with good traits, such as better quality and yields, he said.Those Wild RelativesPeanuts are native to South America. Many peanut species still grow wild there.”Some of the wild species have resistance or immunity to some of our pest problems,” Beasley said.Technology could take those wild, useful traits and put them into a peanut Georgia farmers can grow.”Farmers would benefit because any improvement in yield and quality will provide an economic benefit to the grower,” Beasley said. “And a more drought-tolerant cultivar would require less water.”Consumers will benefit, too, from a higher quality product.Better oil quality and chemistry will add to peanuts’ reputation as a healthy food, Beasley said.Some ResistanceThe peanut industry also needs a peanut that has resistance to aflatoxin. Aflatoxin occurs when a certain mold attacks the peanut plant. It can be dangerous if consumed.”The entire industry, of which Georgia accounts for about 40 percent,” Beasley said, “would reap benefits from knowing there were cultivars with a much lower risk of aflatoxin development.”Beasley sees only one negative: the public’s perception that genetic manipulation is wrong.”What many do not understand is that with genome mapping and identification, scientists can develop cultivars that would require less pesticide. This would benefit the environment,” he said.Genetic technology has become “central” in the development of many crops, Paterson said. And it will continue to grow in importance as the cost of the technology becomes cheaper.Paterson’s lab in Athens, Ga., has also developed the world’s leading genetic maps for cotton, sorghum, sugarcane and buffel grass. He plans to map Bermuda grass and cactus next.
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No. 6 USC will attempt to brush off a disappointing loss to No. 13 UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday as it hosts No. 9 UCLA in a crosstown rival showdown.The Trojans will enter this weekend’s match after falling 2-1 to UCSB in a game characterized by well-hit balls falling the wrong way. Redshirt junior Bobby Stahel went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored the only Trojan run of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning on a wild pitch.USC and UCLA met earlier this season at the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic, in which the Trojans won 8-4 in the final game of the weekend. Eight of nine Trojans in the starting lineup had a hit in the victory, with five having multihit outings.Currently, the Trojans hold a 25-7 overall record, 15-3 at home and 7-2 in the Pac-12, good for third place. The Bruins have a 23-6 overall record, an 8-1 record on the road and a 10-2 record in the Pac-12. The Bruins are in first place in the Pac-12, though the Bruins have played one more series than the Trojans.Looking more closely at UCLA, the team is led by redshirt junior Kevin Kramer, who holds a .387 batting average, as well as three other players hitting well above .300.Defensively, the Bruin bullpen is one of the toughest in the conference, led by senior David Berg and sophomore Grant Dyer, with a 1.21 ERA and a 1.61 ERA, respectively.USC head coach Dan Hubbs believes that strong offensive starts remain key this weekend to combat the talented UCLA bullpen.“If we can get the lead through the first six or seven innings, that will be really key for us,” Hubbs said. “The way Dyer and Berg have been pitching at the end of games, they’ve been really tough on teams and shutting it down. That’s something we want to focus on — getting aggressive early, getting on the board early and forcing them to have to come back, as opposed to us needing to come back. We want to have the lead and have them trying to force a comeback and trying to do different things.”In terms of statistics, the Trojans have a team batting average of .305, while the Bruins maintain a .286 batting average. Also, USC has a 2.70 team ERA as opposed to UCLA’s 2.22.Hubbs feels that both teams match up well, but the Trojans could have the advantage.“I think we’ll have a bit of an edge because we’re pretty offensive and can throw strikes,” Hubbs said. “We’re two good teams with two good pitching staffs and two good offenses, so I think it’s gonna come down to who makes a big pitch and who makes a clutch hit in a big spot. Like anything in our conference, that’s what it comes down to. We’re confident that we match up well against them. We’ve played them tough in the past couple of years, so we just have to continue to do that.”Now more than halfway through the season, this weekend could prove to be significant and relevant in addition to the automatic rivalry associated with this series, as both UCLA and USC want to emerge on top and move on to postseason play.“Both teams are in the top 20, and that’s kind of what predicts postseason bursts, so I think putting yourself in a position not only for finishing first in league but being able to host a regional or possibly be a national-type seed,” Hubbs said. “I think all those things, when you’re playing another team that’s at the top in the country, come in to play when you’re making decisions.”In spite of the mounting pressures, Hubbs feels that if the Trojans play clean baseball both offensively and defensively, they will be in a good position to win.“We just need to be able to mix pitches and get ahead in the count, and if we can do that, I think we’ll be in good shape,” Hubbs said. “I think we need to pitch well against them and not make mistakes. Their pitching staff is really good, and when you play a really good staff you have to hit the ball well and just plain play good baseball. I think if we do that, we can beat them and anyone else in the country.”The first pitch in the crosstown rivalry is scheduled for today at 3 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.