THE PATTERN OF DISTRIBUTION OF AGROSTIS AND FESTUCA PLANTS OF VARIOUS GENOTYPES IN A SWARD

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    Part of this investigation was carried out at the Scottish Plant Breeding Station, Pentlandfield, Roslin, Midlothian.

Summary

Samples from a population of plants present in a grazed hill sward were isolated and grown as spaced individuals at a lowland site. The predominant taxa present were Agrostis, chiefly A. tenuis Sibth., and Festuca rubra L. Within each species, there was considerable variation between plants obtained from a relatively small area of sward. From an examination of morphological characters and tests of self- and cross-compatibility among plants, an indication of the number of genotypes present was obtained. Eighty-four putative genotypes of Agrostis and forty of Festuca were identified. A map is given showing the position of each putative genotype in the original population and the structure of Agrostis-Festuca swards is discussed.

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