1. Alpine II is a 96 clone synthetic variety resulting from phenotypic recurrent selection for one or more of the following traits: resistance to Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1), Phytophthora root rot, anthracnose (Race 1), and Verticillium wilt. Source material traces back to Alpine, Evolution and 5312. The percent of germplasm sources are: Ladak(25), M. varia(31), Turkistan(21) and unknown(23).

2. Alpine II is adapted to the North Central and East Central Regions of the United States and intended for use in the upper half of the United States. States where Alpine II has been tested are: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.

3. Alpine II is a dormant variety similar to Vernal in fall dormancy. Flower color in the Syn. 2 generation is 95% purple, 5 % variegated with trace amount of cream, white and yellow.

4. Alpine II has high resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Phythophthora root rot; resistant to Verticillium wilt, pea aphid, Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1), northern root-knot nematode; moderate resistance to stem nematode and blue alfalfa aphid. Its reaction to spotted alfalfa aphid has not been tested.

5. Breeder Seed was produced from bulking seed of parent plants planted in isolation to produce Syn. 1 near Sloughhouse, CA in 1993. Foundation Seed(Syn. 2) was produced from Breeder Seed and Certified Seed(Syn. 3) from Foundation Seed. One generation each of Breeder, Foundation and Certified Seed are recognized. A maximum of three years each are permitted on stands producing Breeder and Foundation with five years for Certified Seed. Sufficient Breeder Seed for the projected life of the variety will be maintained by Dairyland Research.

6. Certified Seed was available spring of 1998.

7. Application for the Plant Variety Protection is undecided.

8. Information in the NAVRB application can be forwarded to the PVP office.

9. Variety name: Alpine II Date Submitted: November 25. 1997 Experimental designations: BPR371. Oasis 371