Alfalfa and Relatives

Evolution and Classification of Medicago

Paperback
June 2011
9781845937508
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  • Publisher
    CABI
  • Published
    24th June 2011
  • ISBN 9781845937508
  • Language English
  • Pages 760 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 11"
  • Images line drawings, maps & color photos
$235.95

Best known as an animal feed, alfalfa Medicago sativa is one of the most important and widely produced livestock crops grown throughout the temperate world.

Alfalfa and Relatives: Evolution and Classification of Medicago provides an in-depth introduction to the Medicago genus, exploring its evolution, breeding and adaptation. Alfalfa's agricultural and environmental benefits are unsurpassed; due to recent technological advances, this staple crop is also now being developed as a source of human food extracts, pharmaceuticals, enzymes, industrial chemicals, and biofuels. Through this detailed text, the author defines the ecological applications of the plant while carefully illustrating its economic value and its growing importance as a genetic resource.

This is a co-publication with NRC Research Press.

1. Introduction
2. The Economic Importance of Medicago
3. Genetic Resources

THE EVOLUTION OF MEDICAGO
4. Biogeography
5. Chromosome Evolution
6. Interbreeding Barriers
7. Adaptations in Medicago
8. Coevolution with Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria

THE CLASSIFICATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF MEDICAGO
9. Circumscription of the Genus Medicago and its Classification in the Fabaceae
10. Phylogenetic Lineages and their Classification into Sections and Subsections

ACCOUNTS OF THE SPECIES
11. Identification of Species and Infraspecific Taxa
12. Medicago sativa

THE OTHER SPECIES
Literature Cited
Glossary
Guide to Scientific Synonyms
Index

Ernest Small

Ernest Small is at Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada.