Developing the role of Lotus species in UK grasslands

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Type Conference Proceeding (Non-Journal item)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Grassland Productivity
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 21st General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation
PublisherEuropean Grassland Federation
Pages249-251
Number of pages3
Volume11
ISBN (Print)84 689 6711 4
Publication statusPublished - 2006
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Abstract

Experiments have been carried out with the aims of quantifying: (a) the response of a cultivar of Lotus corniculatus L. to two contrasting cutting treatments, in comparison with other temperate forage legume species; and (b) variation within Lotus spp. for traits of agronomic interest, in particular productivity, morphology and tannin content. The results are discussed in terms on the needs of livestock systems in the UK and the future direction of the Lotus breeding programme at IGER is outlined.

Keywords

  • Lotus, yield, persistence, morphology, condensed tannins