Forage plants conserved
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CTA. 1994. Forage plants conserved. Spore 52. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Fodder plants and multipurpose trees that could hold the key to livestock production in Africa arc being collected by the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA), which is anxious to conserve as many species as possible, otherwise some of...
Fodder plants and multipurpose trees that could hold the key to livestock production in Africa arc being collected by the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA), which is anxious to conserve as many species as possible, otherwise some of them might he lost for ever. Land degradation and urbanization across Africa are putting a lot of fodder plants and tree species under threat. ILCA is therefore losing no time in building up a collection of species at their headquarters in Addis Ababa. Currently ILCA has 12,000 different strains belonging to 1000 species in its genebank. The material being collected shows great genetic variability in important traits such as drought tolerance and resistance to pests and diseases. ILCA is keen that farmers should have a choice of species. The recent spread of the leucaena psyllid demonstrates the danger of relying on just one species. ILCA has now built up the world's most comprehensive collection of sesbania germplasm, madly accessions of which are now being evaluated across Africa. Seed of all these species is being multiplied for subsequent distribution. Dr Jean Hanson, Head of Forage Genetic Resources, recognizes that conservation through use is extremely important. As a result, material is not only being put into the genebank but is also being distributed across Africa to researchers and to farmers who want to improve both soil fertility and their live-lihoods live-stock increased livestock production. ILCA PO Box 5689 Addis Ababa ETHIOPIA