Forage research

The major focus of our research is to characterize (study) the forage resources for use as livestock feeds.  This involves assessing variation in phenotype and nutritional traits, as well as resistance to diseases and pests.  Genetic diversity is also studied using molecular techniques. Forage research includes identifying, studying and adapting practical and effective grass and legumes forage pests and diseases diagnostic techniques. Research also covers disease and drought tolerance studies.   Recent work has focused on studies of diversity in Rhodes grass, Napier grass, lablab and cowpea and assessing drought tolerance in Napier grass and Rhodes grass. Information generated from this research is used to identify superior accessions or best bets for further agronomic evaluation and utilization as part of sustainable farming systems.