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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2000  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 12  |  Page No.: 2079 - 2081

Evaluation of Three Exotic Legume Species for Fodder Potential

Zahoor Ahmad, Abdul Ghafoor and Amanat Ali    

Abstract: Tropical fodder legumes not only provide superior fodder but also increase the soil fertility due to nitrogen fixing bacteria. For production of fodder during summer, three exotic fodder species, Lablab purpureus, Vigna umbellata and Macroptilium lathyriodes imported from Plant Introduction Station of U.S.A. were evaluated for quality and yield. These crop species were observed carefully and described morphologically. Herbage yield was more than cowpea and significant among all the species, hence could be used as forage crop. Crude protein, ether extract and crude fibre were higher in Macroptilium, whereas herbage yield was significantly higher in lablab bean. Correlation coefficients were different for various crop species which revealed that improvement might be possible through collection and selection for desirable traits, especially in lablab bean which exhibited high correlation between herbage yield and quality characters.

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