Location: Forage and Range Research
Title: Uses and potential of DNA technologies in forage, turf, and rangeland crop seed production Authors
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 17, 2013
Publication Date: June 17, 2013
Citation: Bushman, B.S., Jensen, K.B., Robins, J.G. 2013. Uses and potential of DNA technologies in forage, turf, and rangeland crop seed production. Idaho/Eastern Oregon Seed Association Summer Conference, McCall, ID. Meeting Abstract. Technical Abstract: The USDA-ARS Forage and Range Research Laboratory has been working with perennial crops in the western USA for decades. Several grass and forb varieties used in dryland production or revegetation have been released and grown for seed production in Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Recently, the FRRL has expanded into more managed pasture grass and turfgrass research, which are also grown for seed in this area. All these grasses and forbs are accompanied by some questions of relationship and identity. At times, seed growers desire to know the identity of contaminant seeds in seed lots. Other growers or seed processors desire to know the identity of varieties or germplasm collections. On a more fundamental basis, the breeding history of some cultivars is necessary to understand its invasive potential. These questions can be answered straightforwardly with molecular markers.