Special Issue "Genetics and Breeding for Productivity Traits in Forage and Bioenergy Grasses"
A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2016)
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Prof. John W. Forster
Agriculture Victoria, AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience, 5 Ring Road, Bundoora, Victoria 3083, Australia
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Interests: molecular genetics and genomics; genome architecture; quantitative trait loci; molecular breeding; forage grasses and legumes; forage grass endophytes; temperate grain legumes
Prof. Kevin F. Smith
Professor of Pasture Agronomy (Plant Breeding), Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Private Bag 105, Hamilton, Victoria 3300, Australia
Interests: grass breeding; genetics and genomics; forage agronomy; molecular breeding; forage grasses and legumes; forage grass endophytes; economic analysis of forages.
Forage grasses provide the major components of pasture-based livestock production systems in temperate regions, and are also important for the feeding of animals in developing countries of the tropics and sub-tropics. Productivity traits for forage grasses include biomass, seasonality of yield, vegetative persistence, influence of flowering time, digestibility and nutritive quality. Traditionally, vegetative biomass yield has been the major breeding objective, but nutritive quality traits (such as content of sugars, proteins, and lipids) have become increasingly important. Accurate measurement of productivity characteristics has been difficult, limiting genetic gain in traditional breeding. The increasing availability of genomic and phenomic data for a range of forage grass species now allows characterization and selection at the individual plant level.
In parallel, a number of grass species (such as switchgrass and miscanthus) have been developed for bioenergy purposes, and productivity characteristics, including biomass delivery and biochemical content, are also critical for improvement of these crops. While some of these traits are shared priorities with forage grasses, others are of particular interest for bioenergy production. This increased specialization of grass cultivars creates both challenges and opportunities for grass breeders.
The aim of the Special Issue to provide a forum for contemporary studies of the genetics, genomics and phenomics of productivity traits in forage and bioenergy grasses, along with the application of such data to breeding practices and cultivar development. Original research articles and concepts for review articles to address major issues are welcome.
Prof. Dr. John W. Forster
Prof. Kevin F. Smith
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- forage grass
- bioenergy grass
- seasonal yield
- herbage digestibility
- protein content
- soluble carbohydrates
- lignocellulosic content