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Author(s):Thorogood, D.
Author Affiliation:Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Science, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom
Title:Beauty is more than skin deep - turfgrass breeding achievements and future objectives with reference to perennial ryegrass
Section:Keynote presentations
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Meeting Info.:19-20 May 2008: Pisa Italy
Source:1st European Turfgrass Society Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1, May 2008, p. 33-36.
# of Pages:4
Publishing Information:Pisa, Italy: European Turfgrass Society
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Lolium perenne; Cultivars; Climatic factors; Cultivar improvement; Breeding; Sustainable land management; Climatic change; Environmental stress; Genetic markers; Futures; Research priorities
Abstract/Contents:Profiles perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.), highlighting breeding achievements and objectives. States that perennial ryegrass "is probably the first perennial grass to be cultivated, and, released in 1933...It is characterised by being late flowering, consequently producing an extremely leafy, nutritious and persistent pasture for animal grazing that was particularly tolerant to heavy grazing and trampling." Reports that "indications are that breeders have been successful in improving a whole range of traits over a 25 year time period associated with growth characteristics producing cultivars with improved performance under both wear and close cutting regimes." Mentions germplasm evaluation, genetic dissection of traits, and cultivar synthesis. Concludes that "turfgrass breeders have been very successful in developing beautiful landscapes but often at the expense of a fast dwindling water and fossil fuel resource."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Thorogood, D. 2008. Beauty is more than skin deep - turfgrass breeding achievements and future objectives with reference to perennial ryegrass. Eur. Turfgrass Soc. Conf. Proc. 1:p. 33-36.
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