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Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2001  |  Volume: 1  |  Issue: 6  |  Page No.: 442 - 445

Evaluation of Introduced Fescue Grass for Forage and Soil Conservation in Hilly Areas of Pakistan

S .D. Ahmad and G. Hasnain    

Abstract: Three species of fescue grass Festuca rubra, Festuca pratensis and Festuca arundinaceae were evaluated for their potential to produce green herbage and to control the soil erosion. Three parameters including number of tillers, fresh and dry weight per plant in different cuttings during whole season (March-September) were investigated. Festuca arundinaceae showed its potential for maximum production of tillers as well as the values of fresh and dry weight during all cuttings in a season followed by Festuca pratensis and Festuca rubra. However, the latter two species were found to be early growing in spring and persist during late fall. The fescue grasses also produced good rooting system to hold the soil. The combination of fescue grasses with other species will have significant effect in increasing the period of green forage availability in national pastures and holding the soil prone to erosion because of over-grazing and lack of cover during winter. The species could also be utilised in future forage breeding programmes in the country.

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