Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 7, Issue 2,2009
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Determination of some agronomical and quality properties of wild alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) clones in Turkey


Mehmet Basbag 1*, Ramazan Demirel 2, Mustafa Avci 3

Recieved Date: 2009-01-04, Accepted Date: 2009-04-18


This research was carried out to determine some agronomical and quality properties of alfalfa clones in Turkey. Research material included 11 alfalfa clones, collected from Southeastern and Eastern Regions of Turkey and syn D U (as control). There were statistically significant differences among alfalfa clones for all agronomical properties which were investigated (P ≤ 0.01). At the end of research, agronomical properties of alfalfa clones ranged for plant height 43.2-73.2 cm, leaf width 4.33-14.21 mm, leaf lenght 13.58-30.03 mm, stem thickness 1.86-4.76 mm, green herbage yield 108.3-258 g plant-1 and dry herbage yield 21.7-56.6 g plant-1. Quality properties of alfalfa clones ranged for acid detergent fiber (ADF) 16.8-33.3%, digestible dry matter (DDM) 63.0-75.8%, neutral detergent fiber (NDF) 20.3-35.2%, crude ash 8.0-18.6% and crude protein 17.3-23.2%.


Alfalfa, Medicago sativa, clones, agronomical characters, quality properties

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2009
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 357-359

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