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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Identifying Germplasm for Successful Forage Legume-Grass Interactions

Authors
item Springer, Timothy
item Pittman, Roy

Submitted to: Symposum Crop Science Society Of America
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: August 1, 1996
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Legumes are a vital component of sustainable agricultural systems. The addition of legumes to perennial pasture systems can increase the total available forage, forage quality, and reduce the use of nitrogen fertilization. A symposium was held on November 14, 1994 at the annual meeting of the Crop Science Society of America in Seattle, Washington to discuss methods for identifying germplasm for successful forage legume-grass Alysicarpus, Arachis, Desmodium, Desmanthus, Kummerowia, Lespedeza, Lotus, Macroptilium, Medicago, Paspalum, Trifolium, Vigna, plant pathological aspects of grass-legume interactions, grass-legume competition aspects, and roles and importance of legumes in forage livestock systems. The information presented in the proceedings of the symposium is of interest to forage researchers and individuals interested in sustainable agricultural systems.

Technical Abstract: A symposium was held on November 14, 1994 at the annual meeting of the Crop Science Society of America in Seattle, Washington entitled "Identifying Germplasm for Successful Forage Legume-Grass Interactions." Speakers addressed methods and techniques for evaluating tropical and temperate legume and grass germplasm to select species which form compatible associations. Genera and topics covered in the papers included Alysicarpus, Arachis, Desmodium, Desmanthus, Kummerowia, Lespedeza, Lotus, Macroptilium, Medicago Paspalum, Trifolium, Vigna, plant pathological aspects of grass-legume interactions, grass-legume competition aspects, and roles and importance of legumes in forage livestock systems. The proceedings of the symposium are of particular interest to forage researchers and individuals interested in sustainable agricultural systems, since forage-livestock systems containing legumes are a vital component of sustainable agricultural systems.

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