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BAG. Journal of basic and applied genetics

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RIMIERI, P. Contribution of the genetic improvement of tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) in Argentina: synthesis of achievements and advances. BAG, J. basic appl. genet. [online]. 2021, vol.32, n.2, pp.9-13. ISSN 1852-6233.

Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) is represented in Argentina by adapted populations of the continental morphotype, which are long persistent. It is the main perennial forage species cultivated in the temperate region of the country, producing forage for extensive grazing. The development of fescue plant breeding and its contribution to the achievement of higher productivity and better nutritional value with modern synthetic cultivars was the aim of this project. The characters considered were: adaptation and persistence in adverse environments, digestibility, leaf softness and tolerance to rust. The most representative cultivars of the stages and selection criteria considered in this work were: Pergamino El Palenque MAG, Palenque Plus INTA, Brava INTA, Baguala and Luján INTA.

Keywords : Tall fescue; Plant breeding; Cultivars; Germplasm.

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