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  1. Vol. 31 No. 6, p. 1696-1699
    Received: Feb 22, 1991

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Tray System for Measuring Drought Tolerance of Forage Grasses

  1. C. R. Tischler ,
  2. P. W. Voight and
  3. B. A. Young
  1. USDA-ARS, 808 E. Blackland Rd., Temple, TX 76502.



A soil-tray system used in conjunction with a growth chamber was evaluated and used to determine drought tolerance of hybrids of Eragrostis curvula var. confera Nees (boer lovegrass, 57-4-69) ✕ E. curvula (Schrad.) Nees (common weeping lovegrass) and Plant Introductions (PIs) of kleingrass (Panicum coloratum L.). The stress endpoint was based on a predetermined threshold gravimetric water loss. Results with the tray system agreed with field performance of genotypes with known drought tolerance. Plant 57-4-69 was as drought tolerant as ‘Catalina’ beer lovegrass (selected for seedling drought tolerance). Hybrids between 57-4-69 and common (not especially drought tolerant) exhibited a broad range of drought tolerance, whereas kleingrass PIs showed less variability in drought tolerance than the lovegrass. This system successfully identifies drought-tolerant germplasm in lovegrass.

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