Africa aflatoxin-resistant peanuts in prospect:
French researchers have identified five genes in peanuts that could potentially reduce aflatoxin levels caused by the fungus, Aspergillus flavus, in the sub-Sahel region of Africa. The research was conducted by the French centre for international co-operation in agricultural research and development, the CIRAD. Conventional breeding programmes have failed to provide aflatoxin-resistant peanuts, but the researchers believe that transgenic techniques could be used to introduce the genes into suitable varieties. Drought affected countries such as Senegal, Niger and Mali are at particular risk from aflatoxin in peanuts.