Alfalfa and Relati: Evolution and Classification of Medicago
By: Ernest Small (author)Hardback
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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. Not only are Alfalfa's agricultural and environmental benefits unsurpassed but, due to technological advances, this staple crop is now being developed as a source of human food extracts, pharmaceuticals, enzymes, industrial chemicals, and biofuels. Through this detailed text the authors define the ecological applications of the plant whilst carefully illustrating its economic value and its growing importance as a genetic resource.
1: Introduction2: The Economic Importance of Medicago3: Genetic ResourcesPart I: THE EVOLUTION OF MEDICAGO4: Biogeography5: Chromosome Evolution6: Interbreeding Barriers7: Adaptations in Medicago8: . Coevolution with Nitrogen-fixing BacteriaPart II: THE CLASSIFICATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF MEDICAGO9: Circumscription of the Genus Medicago and its Classification in the Fabaceae10: Phylogenetic Lineages and their Classification into Sections and SubsectionsPart III: ACCOUNTS OF THE SPECIES11: . Identification of Species and Infraspecific Taxa12: Medicago sativaPart IV: THE OTHER SPECIES13: Literature Cited14: Glossary15: Guide to Scientific Synonyms16: Index
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