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Research Project: Develop Improved Plant Genetic Resources to Enhance Pasture and Rangeland Productivity in the Semiarid Regions of the Western U.S.

Location: Forage and Range Research

Title: Notice of release of Antelope Creek and Pleasant Valley germplasms of bottlebrush squirreltail

item Jones, Thomas
item PARSONS, MATTHEW - Utah State University
item Larson, Steven
item Mott, Ivan

Submitted to: Native Plants Journal
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/15/2013
Publication Date: 5/1/2014
Citation: Jones, T.A., Parsons, M.C., Larson, S.R., Mott, I.W. 2014. Notice of release of Antelope Creek and Pleasant Valley germplasms of bottlebrush squirreltail. Native Plant Journal. 15:57-64.

Interpretive Summary: A greater variety of native plant materials is needed to service restoration activities in the rangelands of the Intermountain West. We evaluated 32 collections of a newly recognized subspecies of bottlebrush squirreltail collected in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, and California for traits relating to maturity, canopy, biomass, and seed production. Antelope Creek and Pleasant Valley, both from the Blue Mountains of Oregon, displayed desirable seed yield and have been released for general use. These two plant materials are the first releases of this new subspecies.

Technical Abstract: Two new natural-track pre-variety germplasms (selected class), Antelope Creek and Pleasant Valley, were released by the USDA-Agricultural Service and the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Antelope Creek Germplasm is recommended for use in the western Blue Mountains of Oregon and the eastern Cascade slopes and foothills of Oregon and northeastern California. Pleasant Valley Germplasm is recommended for use in the eastern Blue Mountains of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Both germplasms are members of the unofficially designated bottlebrush squirreltail subspecies "C," which possesses a distribution that is centered in central and eastern Oregon.