The world’s first Charcoal-Rot resistant peanut has already had an official endorsement in Argentina

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The National Seed Institute (Inase) issued resolution 108/2019 in which it ordered “the registration in the National Registry of Cultivars and in the National Registry of The Property of Cultivars, of the phytogenetic creation of peanuts (Arachis hypogaea L.) EC – 191 RC (AO), requested by the company El Carmen SA”.

Expressed in technical language, it may be seen as unimportant to the general public. However, this is fundamentally big news for the future of manisera production in Córdoba and Argentina.

Charcoal Rot

This seed is the first with the genetic capacity to resist the disease called charcoal rot of peanuts, whose effects on cultivation are highly harmful. Its expansion is one of the main concerns that the sector has and this official endorsement is the last step that was missing to start commercializing on the market and spread over the almost 400,000 hectares that are planted annually in the country.

“It is the first variety to appear in the charcoal-resistant world, a disease that is almost unique to Argentina. And it is the high oleic peanut, like those that are mostly sown here,” said Juan Soave, owner of the El Carmen nursery, the main peanut seed nursery in the country.


Photo: Juan Soave, owner of the El Carmen hatchery who developed this new seed.

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