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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: IMPROVED PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES FOR PASTURES AND RANGELANDS IN THE TEMPERATE SEMIARID REGIONS OF THE WESTERN U.S.

Location: Forage and Range Research

Title: Development of Genomic Tools for Wheatgrass and Wildrye Improvement

Authors
item Wang, Richard
item Bushman, Shaun
item Larson, Steven
item Mott, Ivan

Submitted to: International Rangeland Congress
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: February 20, 2008
Publication Date: June 27, 2008
Citation: Wang, R., Bushman, B.S., Larson, S.R., Mott, I.W. 2008. Development of Genomic Tools for Wheatgrass and Wildrye Improvement. International Rangeland Congress.

Interpretive Summary: Wheatgrass and wildrye grasses are some of the most important grasses in the temperature regions of the world (Asay and Jensen, 1996a, 1996b). Cultivars of wheatgrass and wildrye grasses are mainly used as forage crops on rangeland and pastures in North America. Their drought and/or salinity tolerance make them suitable plant materials for revegetation and land reclamation. As members of the Triticeae tribe, they are related to and have been hybridized with cultivated ceral crops including wheat (Triticum spp.), barley (Hordeum spp.), and rye (Secale cereale L.) as genetic sources for pest (disease and insect) resistance, salinity tolerance, and other traits.

Technical Abstract: Wheatgrass and wildrye grasses are some of the most important grasses in the temperate regions of the world (Asay and Jensen, 1996a, 1996b). Cultivars of wheatgrass and wildrye grasses are mainly used as forage crops on rangeland and pastures in North America. Their drought and/or salinity tolerance make them suitable plant materials for revegetation and land reclamation. As members of the Triticeae tribe, they are related to and have been hybridized with cultivated cereal crops including wheat (Triticum spp.), barley (Hordeum spp.), and rye (Secale cereale L.) as genetic sources for pest (disease and insect) resistance, salinity tolerance, and other traits.

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