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Authors Dear, BS; Reed, KFM; Craig, AD
Author Full Name Dear, B. S.; Reed, K. F. M.; Craig, A. D.
Title Outcomes of the search for new perennial and salt tolerant pasture plants for southern Australia
Source AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL AGRICULTURE
Language English
Document Type Article
Keywords Plus HIGH RAINFALL ZONE; 5 SALINE SITES; FIELD-EVALUATION; L. GERMPLASM; WATER-USE; SOIL-PH; GRASSES; PERSISTENCE; PHALARIS; LEGUMES
Abstract The potential adaptation of a range of perennial pasture species to recharge environments in southern Australia is reviewed based on their performance in 20 field nurseries in a nationally coordinated project. Species were also evaluated for their suitability to discharge sites where salt and waterlogging are major restraints. Species are ranked according to their potential to be incorporated into farming systems and the scope for further breeding and selection. Medicago sativa L. (lucerne) was the most persistent of the perennial legumes across a diversity of recharge environments. Lotus corniculatus L. (birdsfoot trefoil) showed the most promise on soils prone to waterlogging. Other legumes that showed potential included Cullen australasicum (Schltdl.) J. W. Grimes (tall verbine) and Lotononis bainesii Baker (lotononis). The herb Chicoriyum intybus L. was superior to M. sativa on more acid soils. Phalaris aquatica L. (phalaris) and summer dormant cultivars of Dactylis glomerata L. (cocksfoot), Festuca arundinacea L. (tall fescue) and Lolium perenne L. (perennial ryegrass) were among the most persistent and productive of the perennial grasses. Further exploitation of temperate perennial grass germplasm with increased summer dormancy should be a priority to increase the role of these grass species in lower rainfall, summer-dry environments. Although difficult to establish, the indigenous grasses Austrodanthonia caespitosa (Gaudich.) H. P. Linder (wallaby grass) and A. richardsonii (Cashmore) H. P. Linder were persistent and showed good recruitment. They should be a priority for low rainfall, low input environments. Other grasses that showed promise were Chloris gayana Kunth (Rhodes grass), Secale montanum Guss. ( mountain rye), Microlaena stipoides (Labill.) R. Br. (weeping grass), Ehrhata calcycina Sm. (veldt grass) and Bromus stamineus E. Desv. (grazing brome). For discharge environments, Melilotus siculus (Turra) Vitman ex B. D. Jacks. was one of the most salt tolerant legumes and should be a priority for further development. Medicago polymorpha L. (burr medic) appears underutilised in discharge environments. Increasing the waterlogging tolerance of this moderately salt tolerant species would further enhance its potential. Trifolium michelianum Savi. (balansa clover) owed its success in discharge areas more to 'salt avoidance' rather than salt tolerance per se. Melilotus sulcatus Desf., T. tomentosum L. and Lotus tenuis Waldst. & Kit. ex Willd. also had traits that may prove advantageous for discharge environments. Within the pasture grasses, Puccinellia ciliata Bor (pucinellia) was superior at sites prone to waterlogging whereas T. ponticum performed better in moderately drained saline sites.
Author Address [Dear, B. S.] Charles Sturt Univ, EH Graham Ctr Agr Innovat, NSW Dept Primary Ind, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650, Australia; [Reed, K. F. M.] Dept Primary Ind, Hamilton, Vic 3300, Australia; [Craig, A. D.] S Australian Res & Dev Inst, Struan, SA 5271, Australia; [Dear, B. S.; Reed, K. F. M.; Craig, A. D.] CRC Plant Based Management Dryland Salin, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia
Reprint Address Dear, BS (corresponding author), Charles Sturt Univ, EH Graham Ctr Agr Innovat, NSW Dept Primary Ind, Pine Gully Rd, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650, Australia.
E-mail Address brian.dear@dpi.nsw.gov.au
ResearcherID Number Reed, Kevin F M/J-5524-2019
ORCID Number Reed, Kevin F M/0000-0001-5600-2839
Times Cited 35
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 36
Publisher CSIRO PUBLISHING
Publisher City CLAYTON
Publisher Address UNIPARK, BLDG 1, LEVEL 1, 195 WELLINGTON RD, LOCKED BAG 10, CLAYTON, VIC 3168, AUSTRALIA
ISSN 0816-1089
29-Character Source Abbreviation AUST J EXP AGR
ISO Source Abbreviation Aust. J. Exp. Agric.
Year Published 2008
Volume 48
Issue 4
Beginning Page 578
Ending Page 588
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1071/EA07118
Page Count 11
Web of Science Category Agriculture, Multidisciplinary
Subject Category Agriculture
Document Delivery Number 271AK
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000253761100018
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