1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include Roundup tolerance, forage yield, winter-active growth, persistence and resistance to one or more of the following pests: bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, anthracnose (Race 1), Phytophthora root rot, and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1 and/or Race 2). Parent plants contain tolerance to Roundup® (glyphosate) herbicide conferred by the CP4 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (cp4-epsps) transgene, specifically, the USDA deregulated Roundup Ready® alfalfa transgenic events J101 and/or J163 (OECD unique identifiers: MON-00101-8 and MON-00163-7, respectively).

2. This variety is adapted to California and the low desert areas of the West. This variety has been tested in California. It will be used in the Southwest.

3. Test variety has fall dormancy similar to FD8 checks. Flower color (Syn2) is 100% purple with a trace of yellow, white, cream and variegated. Test variety is “Roundup Ready®” expressing tolerance to Roundup® herbicide conferred by the cp4-epsps transgene.

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

5. Seed increase is on a limited g