Location: Forage-animal Production Research
Project Number: 5042-21000-001-04-N
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Apr 1, 2008
End Date: Mar 31, 2013
Determine how fructan profiles in orchardgrass and bermudagrass forages are affected by the time of year in which they are grazed (early vs. late in the growing season), as well as by time of day.
Orchardgrass and bermudagrass samples, collected in Virginia during the spring and late summer (mid-April to late August) will be analyzed for fructan content. Fructans will be extracted from the samples with boiling water and analyzed by anion-exchange high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled to pulsed amperometric detection (PAD). Profiles will be compared to those of a sample harvested at the optimal growth stage to determine how seasonal and diurnal variations affect the relative changes in amounts and types of fructans in the forages.