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Genetic Resources of Mediterranean Pasture and Forage Legumes : Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture - Sarita Jane Bennett

Genetic Resources of Mediterranean Pasture and Forage Legumes

Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture

By: Sarita Jane Bennett (Editor), P. S. Cocks (Editor)

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Published: January 1999
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Genetic Resources of Mediterranean Pasture and Forage Legumes is a comprehensive review of grassland improvement in Mediterranean areas using legume species. The book includes a detailed account of the processes involved in understanding the ecology of legumes and their collection in the Mediterranean, through to their preliminary evaluation and storage at various Genetic Resource Centres. A generic conspectus and key to the forage legumes of the Mediterranean basin is also included. These proceedings are truly international with examples on the collection and use of Mediterranean genetic resources being illustrated by Genetic Resource Centres in Australia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Syria, Turkey and Tunisia. Current important issues such as the sustainability of Mediterranean grasslands, the risk of genetic erosion and the principles of population genetics employed during a collecting mission are discussed. The book will be of value to researchers working in the fields of grassland and rangeland improvement, Mediterranean farming systems, genetic resources, and pasture and forage ecology.

Introduction: Role of pasture and forage legumes in mediterranean farming systemsp. 9
Reproductive strategies and genetic structure of wild and naturalised legume populationsp. 20
Reasons for collecting wild plantsp. 32
Using collections to describe ecological relationshipsp. 41
Ecogeography and genetic conservationp. 53
Genetic erosion of pasture and forage legumes in the Mediterranean basinp. 67
Sampling wild legume populationsp. 78
The need to collect new pasture and forage speciesp. 90
The host-rhizobia relationshipp. 96
The agronomic purpose of evaluation: Relating nurseries to field situationsp. 107
Evaluation of the feeding value of pasture legumesp. 120
The influence of storage conditions on seed viabilityp. 132
The characterisation and preliminary evaluation of Medicago and Trifolium germplasmp. 141
Plant genetic resources programme in Turkey with special reference to forage legumesp. 150
Forage and pasture legume genetic resources at ICARDAp. 163
From free access to fair trade: Political dimensions of collecting in situ plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA)p. 171
A generic conspectus of the forage legumes of the Mediterranean basinp. 182
Conservation and utilisation of agricultural diversity in Greece. Current status and perspectivesp. 227
Conserving plant genetic resources in Cyprusp. 231
Observations on the distribution and ecology of annual Medicago species in northern Tunisiap. 235
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780792355229
ISBN-10: 0792355229
Series: Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 245
Published: January 1999
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.24  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.48