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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: U.S. Germplasm Collection of Lotus: Activities over the Last Decade

Author
item Greene, Stephanie

Submitted to: Lotus Newsletter
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: June 23, 2005
Publication Date: September 1, 2005
Citation: Greene S.L., 2005. U.S. Germplasm Collection of Lotus: Activities Over the Last Decade. Lotus Newsletter, 35:109-111.

Interpretive Summary: This paper describes the activities in the USDA, NPGS Lotus collection over the past decade. In the last 10 years we have received 181 accessions mainly from Russia, Armenia, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Our most recent accession, W6 24978, a wild-collected L. corniculatus, was collected in 2003 in Tajikistan, growing in saline conditions along a roadside. Currently the U.S. collection has 900 accessions representing 60 species from 65 countries. A total of 734 are available for distribution. Small quantities of seed are freely available for research purposes and can be requested using the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) (www.ars-grin.gov/npgs), or by contacting me (greenes@wsu.edu).

Technical Abstract: Although the germplasm collections of the USDA, ARS National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) trace back to 1898, the oldest Lotus accession still available today was received in 1947. It is PI 157531, a local strain of Lotus corniculatus, and part of a donation of Italian forage legumes presented by the University of Bologna, Italy. In the last 10 years we have received 181 accessions mainly from Russia, Armenia, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Our most recent accession, W6 24978, a wild-collected L. corniculatus, was collected in 2003 in Tajikistan, growing in saline conditions along a roadside. Currently the U.S. collection has 900 accessions representing 60 species from 65 countries. A total of 734 are available for distribution. Small quantities of seed are freely available for research purposes and can be requested using the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) (www.ars-grin.gov/npgs), or by contacting me (greenes@wsu.edu).

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