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Forage Seed Production, Volume 1: Temperate Species

Series: Forage Seed Production Series Volume: 1

Edited By: DT Fairey and JG Hampton

420 pages, 2 col plates, figs, tabs

CABI Publishing

Hardback | Dec 1997 | #133454 | ISBN: 0851991904
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NHBS Price: £110.00 $135/€124 approx

About this book

The grasses and legumes grown in pastures and rangelands form the basis of the world-wide animal production industry. These species are also a significant part of the billion dollar sport and leisure industry through their use in playing surfaces such as golf courses. It is therefore vitally important to ensure that appropriate species, and mixtures of species are developed for use on a commercial scale. This book is published in association with the International Herbage Seed Production Research Group. It brings together the leading specialists in the area of forage seed production and along with its companion volume "Forage Seed Production Volume 2: Tropical and Sub-Tropical Species" provides a resource for all those concerned with the breeding and profitable use of grasses and legumes within grazing systems or recreation and amenity provision. The book covers all the various elements of concern to the commercial breeder, for example the seed industry's need for a high yield of seed from a grass or legume primarily used for its high quality herbage attributes. This book and its sister volume dealing with tropical species is suitable for seed scientists involved in the breeding and commercial production of grass and legume seed. These two volumes also represent a useful text for all commercial seed suppliers. Additionally the information presented within the book is appropriate for all students and lecturers within departments of agriculture and plant breeding.


Establishing potential seed yield in grasses and legumes; components of yield in grasses and legumes; maturation of grass and legume seed; grass seed crop management; legume seed crop management; pollination and fertilization in grasses and legumes; harvesting and processing grass and legume seed; seed quality of grasses and legumes; breeding for higher seed yields in grasses and forage legumes; case histories - "festuca arundinacea" Schreb.(tall fescue) in the USA, "festuca rubra" L.(creeping red fescue) in Canada, "lolium multiflorum" Lam.(Italian ryegrass) in Germany, "lolium perenne" L.(Perennial ryegrass) in Denmark, "poa pratensis" L.(Kentucky bluegrass/smooth stalked meadow grass) in The Netherlands, "dactylis glomerata" L.(cocksfoot/orchardgrass) in New Zealand, "lotus corniculatus" L.(birdsfoot trefoil) in North America, "medicago spp." (Lucerne/alfalfa) in Canada, "trifolium pratense" L.(red clover) in France, "trifolium repens" L.(white clover) in New Zealand, "trifolium subterraneum" L.(subterranean clover) in Australia; the forage seed trade.

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