Alfalfa genome sequencing advances

Genetic mysteries of forage legume beginning to be unlocked, with information to support plant breeding.

Alfalfa has held secrets for centuries, but those genetic mysteries are now being unlocked for plant breeders seeking to make the forage crop hardier and higher quality.

Researchers from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, the University of Minnesota and the National Center for Genome Resources revealed their advancements in sequencing the alfalfa genome on July 13 at the North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference in Madison, Wis.

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