forage discovered in an untended pasture will be released as "Hidden Valley.
In trials, the hybrid reduced run-off by 51% against a leading UK nationally recommended perennial ryegrass cultivar - and 43% compared with meadow fescue
, a closely-related species.
The analysis results showed that germination capacity of seeds of red clover, hybrid ryegrass, and meadow fescue
reached up to 95-97%.
Casler has developed a new variety of meadow fescue
called Hidden Valley, and its seed is being grown for future release.
Since the genome of Lolium is closely related to that of Festuca, R genes can potentially be introgressed from ryegrasses to meadow fescue
and tall fescue and vice versa by hybridization.
I am not going into all the tiny details, but the key is the "green gene" first identified in meadow fescue
, as already mentioned, and this fescue remains green because it lacks an enzyme involved in the breakdown of chlorophyll, the green pigment which plants use to manufacture food.
He said the hybrid was potentially a low-cost technology which could be deployed on 76% of the UK's farmland Several varieties are being studied: some are more like meadow fescue
, which has a well developed root system, and others more like ryegrass, which is easy to establish and grows quickly.
The merchant suggested festulolium (pronounced "fes-tu-lo-lium"), a ryegrass (Lolium) bred in Europe to contain some desirable meadow fescue
One of the major grassland species is meadow fescue
(Festuca pratensis Huds.
Ryegrass is closely related to meadow fescue
, and the two species cross naturally to form hybrids.
The grass is natural hybrid derived from perennial ryegrass and meadow fescue
An unusual forage grass reported by a farmer 10 years ago led to its identification as meadow fescue
(Schedonorus pratensis), a long-forgotten grass that seems just right for today's intensive rotational grazing.
Taxonomy of Acremonium endophytes of tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea), meadow fescue
(Festuca pratensis) and perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne).
Initial stands of creeping foxtail and meadow fescue
were good under typical and winter irrigation, but declined with time, while stands in the poorly drained soils improved.
may be more useful than tall fescue in northern North American MIG systems which are typically based on forage mixtures in which relatively unpalatable species are chronically refused.