"ALKO" THE FIRST SEED-SHATTERING RESISTANT CULTIVAR OF MEADOW FOXTAIL ALOPECURUS PRATENSIS L.
Meadow foxtail is a commonly occurring valuable forage grass in European meadows. Seed production has been difficult in the past because of heavy seed losses due to shattering at the time of seed maturity. A breeding programme for seed shattering resistance was initiated at the Bayerische Landessaatzuchtanstalt Weihenstephan in 1959. Seeds were subjected to gamma-irradiation in order to induce seed shattering-resistant mutations. Out of 6300 inbred progenies 38 shattering-resistant individuals were selected. From this material the cultivar "Alko" was created. It was officially registered and released in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1983. Seed of "Alko" has been produced on 64 ha in 1993. "Alko" is included in the Bavarian recommended meadow seed mixture D 3.
Simon, U. (1994). "ALKO" THE FIRST SEED-SHATTERING RESISTANT CULTIVAR OF MEADOW FOXTAIL ALOPECURUS PRATENSIS L.. Acta Hortic. 355, 143-146