DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL COOL-SEASON GRASSES AND LEGUMES FOR USE IN IRRIGATED AND NON-IRRIGATED DRY TEMPERATE GROWING ENVIRONMENTS
Location: Forage and Range Research
Project Number: 5428-21000-014-20
Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Feb 10, 2011
End Date: Feb 09, 2016
To develop novel cool-season grass and legume germplasm and associated management technologies for use in irrigated and non-irrigated growing environments.
Collaborative experiments will be designed and implemented either in the laboratory or the field depending upon the objective. Laboratory experiments will be conducted jointly in Logan, Utah, and the Xinjiang Agricultural University, China (XAU) where research concerning the evaluation of germplasm for abiotic stress environments and associated mangement practice development are being conducted. Where experiments involve the development of breeding and management technologies for the identification and use of unique grass genotypes, work will be performed in Logan, Utah, and by the XAU. Germplasm evaluation of Chinese and U.S. grass and legume accessions (cultivars and lines) will be conducted in the Great Basin Region of Utah and in Xinjiang Province, China, under irrigated and non-irrigated growing conditions and in the greenhouse as deemed appropriate. This research will attempt to: 1) assess the genetic diversity of grass and legumes native to Xinjiang Province; 2) develop grass and legume plant materials with improved pasture, turf, and rangeland characteristics; 3) develop plant materials adapted to dry temperatue regions under reduced management inputs (e.g., irrigation and fertilizer); 4) develop improved breeding procedures and management practices, and; 5) develop new genetic methodologies for use in evaluation and breeding.