Fodder crops collection was established in 1996 at the Department for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biometrics at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture. The activities on collecting, preservation, characterization, trait evaluation and regeneration of fodder crops have been carried out after establishing the Working Group for Fodder Crops at the beginning of 2004. The Working Group was established within the SEEDNet Programme (South East European Development Network on Plant Genetic Resources; seednet.geminova.net).

At the beginning of its work, Working Group identified the priorities in preservation of endangered plant genetic resources. The priorities of the Working Group for Fodder Crops are focused on collecting, multiplication/regeneration, and preservation of ecotypes, and domestic/domesticated varieties of important species of fodder crops, their characterization and trait evaluation at the phenotypic and molecular level.

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Fig. 1. Morphological and molecular characterization of fodder crop accessions

Mentioned activities are financed by the “National Programme for Preservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources” (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development), by SEEDNet, and the national research project of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia: “Genetic Variability of Red Clover and Tolerance to Abiotic Stresses”.

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