Breeding of Brachiaria ruziziensis x various accessions of B. decumbens or B. brizantha

Published on 20 June 2012

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Start Date: 1 June 2011 | End Date: 1 June 2017


CIAT’s Brachiaria breeding program aims to develop and release superior apomictic genotypes as commercial cultivars that will be adopted by farmers in the tropics. Through repeated cycles of hybridization and selection, the program seeks to produce apomictic hybrids with enhanced expression of resistance (antibiosis) to spittlebugs, tolerance to combined stress factors  (aluminum and drought), high commercial seed yield,  resistance to Rhizoctonia foliar blight, forage of high nutritional quality, high forage yield, and tolerance to waterlogging.


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