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Peanuts and Cave Exploration: NAPB Borlaug Scholar Chandler Levinson

The 2020 virtual annual meeting of the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) begins today!

In our ongoing series of podcasts being released this week, we talk to Borlaug Scholar Chandler Levinson — the only one of this year’s scholars whose speciality is peanuts.

Levinson is a Ph.D student studying plant breeding, genetics, and genomics under Dr. Peggy Ozias-Akins at the University of Georgia in Tifton, GA. She received a BS from Berry College, where she worked in the chestnut breeding program and longleaf pine restoration program. She currently works with collaborators in the U.S., Argentina, and Senegal to use wild peanut relatives to increase resistance in cultivated peanut to improve and protect peanut yields and contribute to global food security. She has authored/coauthored three peer-reviewed articles and has two more in preparation. She provides leadership in several organizations, including serving as chair for the NAPB Graduate Student Working Group.