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Breeding of high sugar grasses

BEAA research on high sugar grasses (HSG’s) led to the breeding of HSG varieties that have had a significant impact on the contribution of grassland to livestock feeding across the UK. Their impact on the economy, commerce and the production of livestock products has been significant in the UK and increasingly in other countries. HSG varieties currently account for over 28% of the perennial ryegrass seed sales in the UK, with over 150,000 ha sown in the UK alone of these varieties since 2008, as their positive benefit on the economics of livestock production from grass and environmental benefit through reduced N pollution from livestock production is recognised.  For more information contact Dr Athole Marshall (, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Gogerddan Campus, Aberystwyth University.

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