Biserrula pelecinus is a new genus of pasture legume which was developed for commercial agriculture by a team of Perth-based legume pasture scientists in the early 1990s. Biserrula is an annual pasture legume that is found in natural grasslands of the Mediterranean Basin, frequently on acidic soils derived from granite. It was this feature that first caught the eye of researchers who were attempting to develop species that could tolerate the soil stresses of acidity and low moisture-holding capacity. These stresses are common in WA and when they occur together they are problematical for the survival of annual medics and clovers.Biserrula has subsequently been shown to possess a number of important features that give it advantages over the traditional pasture species in mixed farming systems.
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Livestock, pastures, weed reduction, Western Australia
Loi, A, Hogg, N, Revell, C, and Federenko, D. (2010), Growing biserrula to improve grain and livestock production. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4805.
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