1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this cooperative research project is to develop cool-season grass germplasm for use in dryland semiarid growing environments in the USA and PR.China.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Collaborative experiments will be jointly designed and implemented in the field in Logan, Utah, and in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (Province), China, where research concerning the Germplasm evaluation of U.S. grass accessions (cultivars and experimental lines) and selection of superior germplasm for plant stand establishment and persistence under abiotic stressed environments will be conducted under dryland semiarid growing conditions. This research will develop improved plant mateials (grasses) with improved: . 1)stand establishment;. 2)persistence;. 3)forage yield; and. 4)seed yield for dryland semiarid environments in the United States and China.
This project continues to be a valuable asset to the FRRL. In late 2012 and early 2013, a plan was conceived to have a 2013 U.S./Sino Grass Alliance meeting at Harbin, China, where a meeting would be help with all alliance members (10) to discuss on-going research and develop plans for more cooperative research efforts among Chinese institutions. Site visits to cooperative research plots also associated with this meeting were planned to allow cooperators to see research at other institutions. These activities were designed to allow for training of Chinese scientists by FRRL scientists in data collection and for assessment of trial plots for future data collection. These planned activities did not come to fruition because of USDA travel restrictions and congressionally instituted budget rescissions in which travel to this meeting by FRRL personal could not be accommodated. A similar meeting will be planned in 2014, which will seek to reach the objectives of the meeting planned in 2013.