Location: Forage and Range Research
Title: Orchardgrass heading dates and variation within constans genes Authors
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: March 31, 2014
Publication Date: June 8, 2014
Citation: Bushman, B.S., Xie, W., Zhang, X., Robbins, M.D., Robins, J.G., Staub, J.E. 2014. Orchardgrass heading dates and variation within constans genes. Meeting Abstract. Technical Abstract: Flowering time in orchardgrass is critical for tolerance to abiotic stresses and forage quality. Most forage producers prefer late flowering orchardgrass whose flowering time matches that of alfalfa or clover. There are two genes in the constans (CO) gene family that respond to photoperiod and induce downstream flowering genes. We sequenced a large region of each of those genes in 48 diverse orchardgrass plants and determined the linkage and allele frequencies.