Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/7/2007
Publication Date: 5/11/2009
Citation: Brummer, E.C., Bouton, J.H., Casler, M. D., McCaslin, M. H., and Waldron, B. L. 2009. Grasses and Legumes: Genetics and Plant Breeding. In: Wedin, W. F., Fales, S. L., editors. Grassland: Quietness and Strength for a new American Agriculture. Madison, Wisconsin: ASA-CSSS-SSSA. p. 157-171 Interpretive Summary: This paper is a chapter in a book that explores the use and value of grasses to humans. Our paper deals with breeding and genetics, describing breeding methods, progress made during 100+ years of forage breeding, and future prospects. This chapter will be useful to college students studying forage crops, extension agronomists, and other people interested in the origin and development of forage varieties.
Technical Abstract: Humans have been breeding forage and turf species for over 100 years. This chapter explores the progress that has been made in improving grasses and legumes for human benefit and the evolution of breeding and selection systems that have brought about those changes.