1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include forage yield, persistence and resistance to one or more of the following pests: bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, anthracnose, Phytophthora root rot, Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1 and Race 2), and Sclerotinia crown and stem rot.

2. This variety is adapted to East Central and Winterhardy Intermountain regions. This variety has been tested in Idaho, Indiana, and Tennessee, and is intended for use in the East Central and Winterhardy Intermountain regions.

3. Test variety is Moderately Fall Dormant, similar to FD5 check. Test variety is Low Winterhardy, similar to WS4 check. Flower color (Syn2) is 97% purple, 3% variegated with a trace of yellow, white and cream.

4. Test variety has high resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, and pea aphid; with resistance to Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1). Reactions to stem nematode, spotted alfalfa aphid, blue alfalfa aphid, and root-knot nematode (M. hapla) 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 (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 in the greenhouse in 1999 and in the field near Nampa, ID in 2000. Forage Genetics will maintain sufficient foundation seed for the projected life of the variety. Stands of foundation and certified seed fields are limited to 3 and 6 years, respectively.

6. Certified seed will be marketed in 2004.

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

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

Variety Name Phoenix

Experimental Designation(s) FG 50T176

Date NA&MLVRB first accepted this variety January 2004

Date(s) previous amendments were accepted None

Date amendment submitted November 1, 2005

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