The relationship between architectural characteristics and regrowth in Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Annemie Van Minnebruggen, Isabel Roldán-Ruiz, Erik Van Bockstaele, Geert Haesaert, Gerda Cnops

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    The relevance of particular architectural characteristics for a good regrowth has not been elucidated yet in red clover. Here, we present the shoot architecture and regrowth of six red clover genotypes analysed under controlled and field conditions, with and without competition from perennial ryegrass. Among the
    genotypes investigated, Lemmon and Crossway displayed the highest number of nodes and branches, the highest increase in the number of nodes in the basal
    7 cm and the highest outgrowth capacity of the nodes in this zone resulting in the highest dry-matter yields. Our results indicate that selecting genotypes with a high number of first-order branches, short internodes and the ability to resume growth from the nodes that remain in the uncut zone will allow the development of cultivars with good regrowth.
    Original languageDutch
    JournalGrass and Forage Science
    Pages (from-to)507-518
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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