1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
Collect seeds of low-maintenance turf grass germplasm.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Staff from FRRL will join staff from N.I. Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry (VIR) to collect seeds of low-maintenance turf grass plant species at promising sites in Eurasia. Seeds will be collected in the field and brought back to VIR for cleaning and cataloging. Seed export permits and Phytosanitary Certificates will be obtained from the Russian Government to allow seed to be exported to the U.S. Seed will be processed in Beltsville, MD, for quarantine procedures and shipped to FRRL, where it will be evaluated for potential low-maintenance turf grass applications in the western U.S.
This report serves to document research conducted under a Non-funded Cooperative Agreement between ARS and the N.I. Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry (VIR) in St. Petersburg, Russia. Additional details of research can be found in the report for the parent project 5428-21000-006-00D 'Improved plant genetic resources for pastures and rangelands in the temperate semiarid regions of the western U.S.' A proposal was written, submitted to the USDA Germplasm Exploration Fund, and selected for funding to support the travel of a U.S. scientist to participate in a VIR expedition to collect seed of low-maintenance turf grasses in northwestern Russia during 4 August to 17 September 2007. The team will target species in the genera Agrostis, Festuca, Koeleria, Poa, and Puccinellia for collection. Promising forage grasses and legumes that occur along the collection route will also be collected when opportunities arise. ADODR monitoring activities to evaluate research progress included conference calls, and meetings with the cooperator's personnel.