Identification of aluminum resistance genes in Brachiaria and phenotypic characterization of grass and legume germplasm for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change

Published on 20 May 2011

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Start Date: 1 March 2010 | End Date: 28 February 2011

Overview

A wide range of abiotic stress-adapted forage grass and legume options with higher forage nutritional quality and reduced potential for methane emission will be identified. The socioeconomic impact of improved forage grass and legume germplasm with adaptation to acid soils and climate change would be immense in terms of increased beef and milk production, more efficient use of purchased inputs, and improved integration into crop-livestock systems. In addition, the discovery of Al resistance genes from Brachiaria can open the possibility to improve Al resistance of major field crops. Improved forage options could play a key role in improving eco-efficiency of forage-based production systems.

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  • ARI - Advanced Research Institute
  • EMBRAPA

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