Better pastures for high productivity, low methane emissions
The development of new forage plant varieties to support milk and meat production is critical. High digestibility of the forage has positive effects on animal production and can limit methane emissions – a key goal of the EU's climate policy. Despite this, improvements in perennial ryegrass (PRG) digestibility have been modest due to its long breeding cycle. However, using information in the DNA to estimate a plants digestibility presents an opportunity to reduce time taken to complete a cycle of selection by at least a factor of five. The EU-funded GenSPaD project will develop and test approaches to use DNA information to predict nutritional value in forage breeding programmes.
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- agricultural sciencesagriculture, forestry, and fisheriesagriculturegrains and oilseedscereals