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Crop Science Abstract -

Modification of Saponin Content of Alfalfa Through Selection1


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  1. Vol. 11 No. 6, p. 833-835
    Received: Mar 13, 1971

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  1. M. W. Padersen and
  2. Li-Chun Wang2



Progress in selection for both low and high saponin content in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) was achieved with chemical and biological assays. Results were characterized by interactions among varieties, crops, and saponin levels. Selections for saponin content significantly affected protein, and forage yield, but not fiber, fat, ash, N-free extract, or seed yield. There was a tendency for low-saponin selections to be lower in protein and higher in fiber and forage yield than the high-saponin selections, but interactions resulting in differences among varieties and crops preclude definite conclusions.

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