1. FG 9L900 is a synthetic variety with 200 parent plants. Parents were selected for vigorous winter growth in the Imperial valley of California and/or resistance to one or more of the following diseases: Phytophthora root rot, anthracnose (race 1), and Fusarium wilt. Phenotypic recurrent selection was used. Parents trace to the variety FG 9B78 and the germplasm release UC 332. Approximate germplasm source contributions are: M.falcata (1%), Ladak (1%), M.varia (1%), Turkistan (9%), Flemish (1%),Chilean (5%), Peruvian (4%), Indian (26%), African (45%) and unknown (7%).

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 FD9 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, pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid, northern root knot nematode and blue alfalfa aphid; resistance to Phytophthora root rot; moderate resistance to stem nematode; and low resistance to Verticillium wilt. Reaction to bacterial wilt, anthracnose (race 1), 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 9L900, UN-900

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