Heterosis in a Broad Range of Alfalfa Germplasms

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2003-01-01
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Riday, Heathcliffe
Brummer, E.
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Increasing alfalfa forage yield is a priority of the Iowa State forage-breeding program. One way to increase yields may be to develop hybrid alfalfa cultivars. Crosses between common, purple flowered (sativa) alfalfa and wild, yellow-flowered (falcata) alfalfa often produce hybrids that have significant yield improvements. The objective of this experiment was to identify falcata populations that produce hybrids superior to sativa cultivars or hybrids.

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