The Tedera Breeding Project is developing the perennial forage legume tedera (Bituminaria bituminosa var. albomarginata) for a world-first commercial release.
Tedera is a perennial forage legume native to the Canary Islands, and has been under evaluation since 2006. Initially one of three key genera (Tedera, Cullen and Medicago) investigated under the CRC’s Perennial Legume Forages for Mediterranean Climates project, tedera has emerged as an exciting prospect for the medium and high rainfall areas of southern Australia. Research continues to demonstrate its superior drought-tolerant qualities and suitability to fill the summer and autumn feed-gap in Mediterranean climates.
Field trials have been established at Newdegate, Buntine, Mount Barker and Dandaragan in Western Australia. The Dandaragan site, which covers 1.4 hectares, is believed to be the largest single planting of tedera from seed in the world. It was funded by Meat & Livestock Australia to increase the amount of tedera seed available for animal production trials. It is expected that the first tedera cultivars will be released to a commercial partner in 2015.
The tedera project receives additional support from the WA Department of Premier and Cabinet through the Office of Science.
Tedera Breeding Project Leader Dr Daniel Real
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