FG 8R612

1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include multifoliolate leaf expression and resistance to one or more of the following pests: Phytophthora root rot, Verticillium wilt, anthracnose (race 1), blue alfalfa aphid, pea aphid and spotted alfalfa aphid.

2. This variety is adapted to the Southwest and Moderately Winterhardy Intermountain U.S. regions. This variety has been tested in Idaho and California and is intended for use in the Southwest and Moderately Winterhardy Intermountain U. S. regions.

3. Test variety is non-dormant, similar to FD8 checks. Flower color (Syn 2) is 100% purple with a trace of variegated, white, yellow and cream. Test variety has high multifoliolate leaf expression.

4. This variety has high resistance to anthracnose (race 1), Fusarium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid and blue alfalfa aphid; resistance to stem nematode and moderate resistance to bacterial wilt and Verticillium wilt. Reaction to Aphanomyces root rot and root knot nematode has not been tested.

5. Seed increase is on a limited generation basis with one generation of breeder and two generations of foundation and certified seed classes. Breeder (Syn 1), foundation (Syn 2 or Syn 3), and certified (Syn 3 or Syn 4) classes will be recognized. Production of Syn 3 foundation seed requires consent of the breeder. Breeder seed was produced near Nampa, Idaho in 1996. Sufficient foundation seed for the projected life of the variety will be maintained by Forage Genetics. Stands of foundation and certified seed fields are limited to 3 and 6 years, respectively.

6. Certified seed will be marketed in 2002.

7. No decision has been made concerning Plant Variety Protection Act.

8. The information in this application may not be forwarded to the P.V.P. office.

9. Variety Name: Date submitted November 1, 2001

Experimental designations: FG 8R612

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