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Forage quality characteristics of Lotus tenuis, narrow-leaf birdsfoot trefoil


Langworthy, AD and Lane, PA and Parsons, D and Hall, E, Forage quality characteristics of Lotus tenuis, narrow-leaf birdsfoot trefoil, Proceedings of the 22nd International Grasslands Congress: Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain our Communities, 15-19 September 2013, Sydney NSW, pp. 682-683. ISBN 978-1-74256-543-9 (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Narrow-leaf birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus tenuis Waldst. & Kit.) is a herbaceous perennial legume of Mediterranean origin, which can grow in saline and waterlogged environments (Teakle et al. 2010). If this species is to be cultivated in regions constrained by these abiotic factors, it is also vital that herbage produced has a forage quality acceptable for ruminant production. In addition, proanthocyanidin (PA) content is important, and legume species can cause animal production issues if PA content is low, (<0.02%), e.g. fro-thy bloat, or high (>5 %), e.g. decreased palatability and digestibility (Larkin et al. 1999). This study examined the PA content and forage quality of a range of L. tenuis accessions being evaluated for improved seed production and suitability for introduction into grazing systems where sa-linity and waterlogging are a common problem.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:proanthocyanidin, crude protein, neutral detergent fibre, acid detergent lignin, ash
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture improvement (incl. selection and breeding)
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Pasture, browse and fodder crops
Objective Field:Pasture, browse and fodder crops not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Langworthy, AD (Dr Adam Langworthy)
UTAS Author:Lane, PA (Associate Professor Peter Lane)
UTAS Author:Parsons, D (Dr David Parsons)
UTAS Author:Hall, E (Mr Eric Hall)
ID Code:83964
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-04-03
Last Modified:2018-08-01

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