Breeding white clover for tolerance to low temperature and grazing stress
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Low temperature and grazing are the two major stresses limiting white clover yield in mixed swards grown in the marginal areas of the UK. White clover has traditionally been used to improve productivity in such areas but is increasingly being used to reduce input costs in more productive areas. Considerable genetic variation exists in characters associated with cold tolerance, low temperature growth and grazing tolerance. This paper describes recent progress in developing varieties tolerant to three major stresses and which give greater and more reliable production.
Key wordsTrifolium repens white clover breeding stress grazing low temperature
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