Biotech Studies 2018, Vol 27, Num, 2     (Pages: 055-061)

Determination of Forage Quality Features of Some Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) Genotypes

Mehmet ÖTEN 1 ,Sebahattin ALBAYRAK 2

1 Batı Akdeniz Tarımsal Araştırma Enstitüsü Müdürlüğü, Antalya, Türkiye
2 Ondokuz Mayıs Üniversitesi, Bafra Meslek Yüksek Okulu, Samsun, Türkiye
DOI : 10.21566/tarbitderg.501415 Viewed : 349 - Downloaded : 261 This study was carried out in the experimental areas of West Mediterranean Agricultural Research Institute designed in a randomized block trial technique with three replications, throughout 2013-2014. It was aimed to provide material for advanced stage alfalfa breeding studies with the data obtained from the study. For this purpose, 26 superior alfalfa genotypes were selected from the natural vegetation from 13 different districts of Antalya province. The crude protein (CP), acid detergent fiber (ADF) and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) ratios of 26 genotypes were determined to reveal quality specifications. The highest CP values were determined from Finike1, Finike2, Gazipaşa1 and Aksu2 genotypes. The highest ADF and NDF ratios were recorded at Serik2 and Manavgat2 genotypes, respectively. Regarding the quality characteristics; Gazipasa1, Alanya1, Aksu2, Kepez1, Dosemealti1, Konyaalti1, Kemer1, Finike2, Demre1 and Kas1genotypes were chosen for the advanced breeding stage. Keywords : Alfalfa, Quality, CP, ADF, NDF