2nd International Triticeae Symposium
Richard R-C. Wang
Forage germplasm resources, their distributions, potential agronomic characteristics and genetic aspects of the perennial grasses originating in Xinjiang northern regions are discussed. Grass diversity in the natural grasslands is immense for the range of environments to which it is endogenously adapted. Among the perennial species in the mountain area are summer growing and winter-dormant ecotypes, whereas in the plain outland summer-fast-growing, summer-dormant and winter dormant ecotypes occur. Flowering uniformity within the grass tribe provides the chance for gene exchange. The genetic variation for growth rate, tiller development, regrowth and yield between species and within a species has provided plant breeder with abundant material for pasture improvement both in the native and introduced grasses. Because of overgrazing, reclaiming, destroyed woodlands and hedgerows the threat to the loss of genetic diversity in the natural grasslands must be a matter for our concern.
Bao-Jun, Li, "Forage Species in Xinjiang Northern Natural Grasslands: Grasses" (1994). Herbarium Publications. Paper 7.