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Scientists developing crop for livestock in dry climates


Date: 04/06/2012


Scientists at the University of Liverpool, UK are working with international partners to develop new forage crop for the hot and dry climate of regions. Researchers are using next generation DNA sequencing technology to obtain molecular genetic markers for easier selection of the best varieties of a grass called Panicum turgidum, also known as desert bunchgrass or taman. This plant is already used for livestock feed, but the new project will allow identification of the best varieties of the grass for hot and dry regions. (UoL IIB; 27/3/2012)

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