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    Results of a recent common-garden study provide evidence needed to delineate appropriate seed transfer zones for the native grass Festuca roemeri (Pavlick) E. B. Alexeev (Poaceae). That information has been used to develop pre-variety germplasm releases to provide ecologically and genetically appropriate seeds for habitat restoration, erosion control, and other revegetation projects in 5 regions of the Pacific Northwest, US. Seed sources for these composite populations were chosen to represent a broad base of genetic diversity found within each region, while using plants that overlap in flowering time, have average to high seed yield, and originate at similar elevations. The process of selecting appropriate seed sources and developing the germplasm releases is described here. Ongoing and future investigations are likely to include seed production technology, establishment methods, stand management, and adaptation to diverse sites and specific uses.

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    Darris, Dale C.; Wilson, Barbara L.; Fiegener, Rob; Johnson, Randy; Horning, Matthew E. 2008. Polycross populations of the native grass Festuca roemeri as pre-varietal germplasm: their derivation, release, increase, and use. Native Plants. 9(3): 305-312.


    common-garden study, seed transfer zones, habitat restoration, erosion control, selected class release

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