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The potential of wild crop germplasm to improve drought tolerance in alfalfa to increase food production for a growing population with less water

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Project Description
This project evaluated wild relatives of alfalfa for drought stress tolerance collected from primary (Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan) and secondary centers (Chiles, Peru, Bolivia). This trait will be of increasing importance given predictions of increasing temperature and decreasing rainfall. Wild relatives contain greater genetic diversity than their domestic cousins and so may hold increased potential to adapt.
Institute Name
South Australian Research and Development Institute, Australia (SARDI)
Institute Country
List of Countries
  • Azerbaijan
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Bolivia, Plurinational State of
  • Kazakhstan
  • Mongolia
  • Australia
  • China
Crop Seed or Veg type Acc collected Acc regenerated Acc sent to CG Acc introduced to genebank Acc sent to Svalbard
Alfalfa 0 0 0 0 0
Program Name
Crop Wild Relatives
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Start Date
1st of July 2015
End Date
31st of December 2018
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