The UF-IFAS annual ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum) breeding program began in the early 1980s with a focus on developing improved varieties with higher forage yield and enhanced disease resistance, resulting in more than 30 cultivar releases. This new paper, published in Crop Science, was led by Agronomy Faculty Drs. Esteban Rios and Kevin Kenworthy, and other UF-IFAS colleagues. The authors characterized the phenotypic diversity present in annual ryegrass germplasm and identified new genetic resources to introgress into the current UF-IFAS annual ryegrass program. Their paper was awarded the Outstanding Genetic Resources Paper published in 2019 Crop Science, and the award ceremony will be held during the Genetic Resources business meeting in the Fall of 2020.
Outstanding Genetic Resources Paper