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Development of ryegrass allele-specific (grasp) markers for sustainable grassland improvement

Objective

In sustainable agriculture, feed production aims at maximizing forage yield and quality, while eliminating negative impact on environment. Despite of the agricultural significance of perennial forage grasses for livestock production, present plant-breeding methods for grasses are underdeveloped compared to other crops. This project will implement state of the art tools in molecular genetics and exploit ongoing genomic projects to identify genes affecting forage quality and stress tolerance for development of gene-derived, allele-specific molecular markers in Folium, the major fodder grass in Europe. Major results will be trait-specific marker toolkits and bioinorganic tools and databases as well as useful breeding materials that will significantly improve the efficiency of targeted grass breeding. This project assembles an internationally competitive European research platform aiming at production of high quality forage grasses.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

DANISH INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Address

8830 Tjele
Denmark

Participants (7)

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTRE-GENT
Belgium
Address
Caritasstraat 21
9090 Melle, Gontrode
AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF NORWAY
Norway
Address
Drobakveien
1432 Aas
DLF - TRIFOLIUM A/S
Denmark
Address
31,Hojerupvej 31
4660 Store Heddinge
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address

86600 Lusignan
INSTITUTE OF GRASSLAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
United Kingdom
Address
Plas Gogerddan
SY23 3EB Aberystwyth
LITHUANIAN INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE
Lithuania
Address
Instituto Aleja 1
5051 Akademija / Vilainiai
UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germany
Address
Schloss 1
70599 Stuttgart