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To develop grasses likely to tolerate climate change - CC0305

Continued use of grassland to support livestock and maintain stable swards in a changing climate will depend upon the ability of grasses to adapt to climatic changes. This study will aim to produce a range of at least 30 potential varieties, derived from hybridisation of ryegrass and fescue species, which have good agronomic qualities in current climatic conditions and have good potential to adapt to future climatic conditions through improved tolerance of drought, diseases etc. Fertile hybrids will be produced from 2 ryegrass and 3 fescue species and their potential for further development will be evaluated. Methods of identifying and transfer of useful adaptive traits, such as drought tolerance, between species will then be developed using genetic markers as appropriate. Results of the research will produce new information relating to genetic behaviour and relationships of traits associated with agronomic performance and climatic adaptation in grasses. In addition, material will be produced which could be of use in research investigating the physiology and molecular genetics of these traits.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1987

To: 1994

Cost: £248,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute of Grassland and Environment Research (IGER)
Fields of Study
Agriculture and Climate Change