Progress in breeding perennial forage grasses for temperate agriculture

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dc.contributor.author Humphreys, Mervyn O.
dc.contributor.author Wilkins, Pete W.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-30T11:54:38Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-30T11:54:38Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Humphreys , M O & Wilkins , P W 2003 , ' Progress in breeding perennial forage grasses for temperate agriculture ' Journal of Agricultural Science , vol 140 , no. 2 , pp. 129-150 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1469-5146
dc.identifier.other PURE: 138247
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/3730
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3730
dc.description Wilkins, P. W., Humphreys, M. O. (2003). Progress in breeding perennial forage grasses for temperate agriculture.   Journal of Agricultural Science, 140, (2), 129-150. Sponsorship: Germinal Holdings Ltd; Department for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) en
dc.description.abstract Breeding of temperate forage grasses is aimed at improving the economic and environmental sustainability of production from cattle and sheep. The primary objective is to ensure that forage can be the main source of feed for ruminants. This requires consistent production of herbage with a high feeding value, usually under nitrogen-limiting conditions. The most important traits affecting the feeding value of herbage are in vitro dry matter digestibility (DMD), the ratios of crude protein, water-soluble carbohydrate and fibre, and the concentration of alkaloid toxins. Improvements in these primary quality traits must be combined with good plant persistency, adequate tolerance to a range of environmental stresses, adequate resistance to a large number of different pathogens and invertebrate pests, and adequate seed yield. Forage grasses also have considerable potential to produce material for refining, to provide protein extracts for feeding to monogastric animals and carbohydrate for fermentation into fuel or into feedstocks for other industries. en
dc.format.extent 22 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Agricultural Science en
dc.title Progress in breeding perennial forage grasses for temperate agriculture en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021859603003058
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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