1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
1. Identify alfalfa genetic markers associated with resistance and adaptation to abiotic stresses. Emphasis should be on markers associated with water-use efficiency that may aid adaptation of alfalfa production to variations in water availability associated with climate change and reductions in water resources available for irrigation. (NP215 C3: PS H1)
2. Identify alfalfa genetic markers associated with resistance and adaptation to biotic stresses. Emphasis should be on markers associated with diseases, nematodes and insect pests associated with irrigated alfalfa production systems. (NP215 C3: PS H1)
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
This project was without a lead scientist in FY 2011 until May. It has been redirected to the Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory and a new project will be developed and written in FY 2012.
Due to an SY resignation at the end of FY2010, and a recent redirection into the project, no research accomplishments are reported for FY2011. A new project is in the process of being written.