1. C245 is a 18Splant synthetic variety resulting from phenotypic recurrent selection for resistance to Phytophthora root rot and stem nematode. Parental germplasm traces to 89- 218 and Mecca. Approximate germplasm source contributions are: Ladak - 2%; M. varia - 2%; Turkistan - 9%; Flemish - 6%; Chilean - 14%; Peruvian - 11 %; Indian - 20%; African - 32%; and Arabian - 4%.

2. C245 is adapted for use in the Southwestern United States. C245 has been yield tested in California.

3. Flower color of C245 approximates 100% purple with traces of cream and variegated. The fall dormancy of C245 is similar to Cuf 101 (Class 9).

4. C245 has high resistance to Fusarium with Phytophthora root rot, blue alfalfa aphid, pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid, stem nematode, and southern root knot nematode; moderate resistance to bacterial wig; and low resistance to Verticillium wit Reaction to anthracnose (Race 1) and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1) has not been adequately tested.

5. Breeder seed (Syn 1) was produced in 1992 on 184 plants under cage isolation at Bakersfield, CA. Sufficient Foundation (Syn 2) seed will be produced for the expected life of the variety and will be maintained by W-L Research. One generation of Breeder (Syn 1) and two generations each of Foundation (Syn 2 or 3) and Certified (Syn 3 or 4) seed are recognized. The maximum permitted length of stand for Foundation and Certified seed fields are 3 and 5 years, respectively. Production of Syn 3 Foundation seed requires consent of the breeder.

6. Certified seed will be marketed in 1997.

7. It is undecided whether application will be made for Plant Variety Protection.

8. The information in this application can be turned over to the PVP office.

9. Experimental Designation: C245 Date Submitted: December 1996

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