Understanding the genetic basis of flowering and fertility in the ryegrasses (Lolium spp.)

Type Conference Proceeding (Non-Journal item)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMolecular Breeding of Forage and Turf
EditorsT. Yamada, G. Spangenberg
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages185-192
Number of pages8
Volume12
ISBN (Print)978-0-387-79144-9
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventProceedings of the 5th International Symposium on the Molecular Breeding of Forage and Turf 2007 (MBFT 2007) - Sapporo Convention Center, Sapporo, Japan
Duration: 02 Jul 200706 Jul 2007

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ConferenceProceedings of the 5th International Symposium on the Molecular Breeding of Forage and Turf 2007 (MBFT 2007)
CountryJapan
CitySapporo
Period02 Jul 200706 Jul 2007
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Abstract

Ryegrass and fescues of the Lolium/Festuca complex form the basis of many temperate grassland agricultural and turf systems and the ability to manipulate flowering and fertility within these grasses is of considerable importance. Genetic studies can identify multiple quantitative trait loci affecting these traits which can be used in the development of marker-assisted selection protocols for combining favourable alleles. By applying a knowledge of plant comparative genetics and genomics, it is possible to increase the information content of these studies by 'cross-referencing' between the Lolium/Festuca grasses and other crop and model species (e.g. rice, Triticeae cereals, Arabidopsis). Syntenic genomic regions, new genetic markers and candidate genes can, thus, be identified.