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Grass genome to be complete by next year

Published 06/09/2011 | 05:00

Grass breeding is set to be revolutionised in much the same way as genomics has accelerated cattle breeding.

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Within the next 10 years, Teagasc researchers hope to be unveiling varieties that will yield 75pc more usable grass.

Oak Park's Susanne Barth said that genomic markers will allow breeders to make leaps in the productivity of each new generation of grass and extend key productivity traits such as days growth to more than 300 a year.

Grass breeders from all over the world are currently attending the four-day Eucarpia conference in Dublin to hear how Teagasc is leading the field in partnership with a Danish university to map the entire grass genome.

Ms Barth is hopeful that the first perennial ryegrass genome will be complete next year.

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