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Pastos y Forrajes

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OLIVERA, Yuseika; MACHADO, R  and  FUNG, Carmen. Collection of forage legumes in three Eastern provinces of Cuba. Pastos y Forrajes [online]. 2008, vol.31, n.1, pp.1-1. ISSN 0864-0394.

A prospecting and collection work was carried out in the eastern zone of the country with the objective of collecting germplasm of herbaceous, shrubby and tree multipurpose legumes to be used in the livestock production sector. The trip included the northern and southern coast of the Guantanamo province, the northern and central coast of the Holguín province, as well as the central-eastern part of the Granma province. An individual sampling system was used in small populations, with repetitiveness of species in different sites, and sometimes random sampling was performed in abundant populations. The information was gathered through the descriptors related to location, natural habitat, vegetation, soil and damage caused by insects and diseases, etc. Ninety-five accessions belonging to 24 species were collected, among which stood out those of herbaceous type (10 genera). Herbaceous as well as shrubby and tree species used with different purposes were found (animal feed, cover, green manure, living fences, etc.). It is recommended to clean the samples obtained; proceed to their fast reproduction, morphobotanical characterization and agronomic evaluation (stage I); use this material for different purposes, among them conservation and exchange; as well as to continue the collection in other zones of the country.

Keywords : Plant collection; legumes.

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