Development of new alfalfa cultivar suitable for the dry continental conditions of the central Anatolia, Turkey


Guloglu D.

AFRICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH, vol.6, no.15, pp.3532-3538, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 15
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : AFRICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.3532-3538

Abstract

Cultivated alfalfa ( Medicago sativa L.) is an important forage legume, grown for hay in Turkey. There is need to increase the area of forage under cultivation in Turkey and to exploit all available germplasm for increased animal production. Alfalfa can be harvested for 4 to 5 years before the stand deteriorates. The study reports a recurrent selection from 160 plants collected from seven provinces of the Central Anatolia, with aim to breed superior cultivar resistant to dry conditions. Evaluation of yield and yield components showed that newly developed cultivar averaged 11% more yield; which was significantly higher (p<0.05) compared to the best cultivar currently used in central Anatolia.