1. FG 8T198 is a synthetic variety with 153 parent plants. Parents were selected for late fall growth and persistence in four year old yield trials near Fresno, California. Phenotypic recurrent selection was used. Parents trace to the varieties Condor and DKIB9. Approximate germplasm source contributions are: M.falcata (1%)} Ladak (1%), M. varia (5%), Turkistan (10%), Flemish (1%), Chilean (5%), Peruvian (5%), Indian (18%), African (45%) and unknown (9%).
2. This variety is adapted to the Southwest U.S. This variety has been tested in California and Idaho and will be used in the Southwest U.S.
3. This variety has fall dormancy similar to FD8 checks. Flower color (Syn2) is 100% purple with a trace of variegated, yellow, cream and white.
4. This variety has high resistance to Fusarium wilt, northern root knot nematode, Phytophthora root rot, pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid and blue alfalfa aphid; and moderate resistance to Verticillium wilt, stem nematode and anthracnose (race 1). Reaction to bacterial wilt and Aphanomyces root rot (race 1) have 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 (Synl), foundation (Syn2 or Syn3), and certified (Syn3 or Syn4) classes will be recognized. Production of Syn3 foundation seed requires consent of the breeder. Breeder seed was produced near Nampa, Idaho in 1994. 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 1997.
7. No decision has been made concerning Plant Variety Protection Act.
8. The information in this application can be forwarded to the PVP office:
9. Variety Name Date Submitted November 25, 1996
Experimental designations: FG 8T198, UN 8T198
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