Location: Forage and Range Research2010 Annual Report
1a. Objectives (from AD-416)
The objective of this cooperative research project is to develop technologies and plant germplasm for revegetation and plant performance and to improve degraded rangelands and restore ecological function.
1b. Approach (from AD-416)
Collaborative experiments will be designed and implemented at jointly identified experimental sites in the Great Basin Area of the United States and Inner Mongolia rangelands. Experiments will be patterned after existing experiments to 1) develop and assess the performance of improved rangeland grass and forb species, and; 2) develop cultural methods to more efficiently establish perennial vegetation and to restore ecological function of disturbed rangeland landscapes.
3. Progress Report
The objective of this cooperative research project is to develop and assess the performance of improved rangeland grass and forb species in the U.S. and China and develop cultural methods to more efficiently establish perennial vegetation and restore ecological function to disturbed rangelands in China and the U.S. Germplasm evaluation of Chinese and U.S. grass and legume accessions (cultivars and lines) will be conducted by the FRRL in the Great Basin and Inner Mongolia, China under irrigated and non-irrigated growing conditions as deemed appropriate. Opportunities for graduate student training at the FRRL were also discussed. Potential graduate students and visiting scientists were identified and invited to participate in this scientific exchange. Currently, plans are underway for a visiting scientist to train at the FRRL in the area of molecular genetics and Range Science for two years. Monitoring Methods: Chinese and U.S. scientists meet in Harbin China (July 2009) where an agreement was made that laboratory experiments will be conducted jointly in Logan, Utah and the Inner Mongolia University (IMU), where research concerning the evaluation of germplasm for abiotic stress environments is being conducted. During this meeting, it was decided that the group of cooperating institutions be called, the Sino/US Grass Research Alliance (modified from the Chinese/US alliance for grass research) and abbreviated as SUSGRA. This marked the initiation of formal discussions with regards to developing cooperative research agreements with the FRRL for dry temperate environments. It was agreed to develop, organize, and implement plans for a 2010 meeting for SUSGRA in Yangling, China, where the purpose would be to solidify research commitments, to increase awareness of potential cooperative research among new members, and to work to increase the exchange of scientists between China and the U.S.