Breeding strategies for sustainable forage and turf grass improvement

  • Susanne Barth
  • Dan Milbourne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Introduction: European Grasslands in the Future

  3. Breeding Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. S. Isobe, B. Boller, I. Klimenko, S. Kölliker, J. C. Rana, T. R. Sharma et al.
      Pages 29-36
    3. D. Rosellini, N. Ferradini, S. Allegrucci, A. Nicolia, F. Veronesi
      Pages 69-74
    4. S. A. O’Donovan, A. H. Kingston-Smith, M. W. Humphreys
      Pages 89-95
  4. Novel Emerging Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. D. Kopecký, J. Číhalíková, J. Kopecká, J. Vrána, M. Havránková, Š. Stočes et al.
      Pages 105-113
    3. D. Kopecký, J. Bartoš, A. J. Lukaszewski, J. H. Baird, S. R. Sandve, O. A. Rognli et al.
      Pages 115-119
    4. M. Ghesquière, J. -L. Durand, T. Bourgoin, E. Huttner, A. Kilian
      Pages 121-129
    5. T. Ruttink, L. Sterck, E. Vermeulen, A. Rohde, I. Roldán-Ruiz
      Pages 131-139

About these proceedings


Grasslands cover a significant proportion of the land mass of the world, and play a pivotal role in global food production. At the same time we are faced with several challenges that affect the way in which we think about this valuable set of resources. The population of the world is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, and increase of about one third relative to today’s levels. This population increase will be focused in urban areas, and in what are currently viewed as “developing” countries, meaning that the buying power of this increased population will be greater – shifting the balance of demand from staple crops to high value items such as meat and dairy products. Overall that the world will have to approximately double agricultural output across all categories of food to meet the demands of this larger, urbanised population. This is occurring against a backdrop of equally large challenges in terms of global climate change. Agriculture is already a significant contributor to e.g. greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and soil erosion. The situation is made more complex by an increased emphasis on biofuels as a solution for our imminent oil shortage, resulting in increased competition between land utilised for food and fuel. In short, agriculture must continue to feed the world, whilst not contributing to damaging it further. It must be sustainable. Plant breeding plays a significant but frequently understated role in meeting the challenges presented by this complex and changing scenario. However, plant breeding and improvement is itself undergoing radical change driven by technology. This book explores how forage and turf breeding is changing and adapting to meet these challenges using the technological advances being experienced in plant breeding as a whole.


Forage and Turf Genetics and Genomics Grasses Legumes Plant Breeding

Editors and affiliations

  • Susanne Barth
    • 1
  • Dan Milbourne
    • 2
  1. 1., Crops Environment and Land Use ProgrammeTeagascCarlowIreland
  2. 2., Crops Environment and Land Use ProgrammeTeagascCarlowIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-4554-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-4555-1
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