1. C134 is a 200-plant synthetic variety resulting from phenotypic recurrent selection for resistance to Phytophthora root rot Source material traces to two elite breeding lines selected for high relative fed value (using NIRS and wet chemistry techniques). Parental germplasm traces to WL 252 HQ and M. PHA 2001. Approximate germplasm source contributions are: M. falcata - 14%; Ladak - 18%; M. varia -24%; Turkistan - 8%; and Flemish -36%.

2. C134 is adapted to and intended for use in the North Central and East Central regions of the United States. C134 has been yield tested in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

3. Flower color of C134 at Syn 2 approximates 100% purple with traces of cream and variegated. The winter survival of Cl34 is similar to Vernal (Class 2), and the fall dormancy of Cl 34 is similar to 5246 (Class 3).

4. C134 has high resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), bacterial wilt Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1); resistance to pea aphid and spotted alfalfa aphid; and moderate resistance to stem nematode. Reaction to blue alfalfa aphid and root-knot nematode has not been adequately tested.

5. Breeder seed (Syn 1) was produced in 1994 on 200 plants under cage isolation at Bakersfield, CA. Sufficient foundation seed for the expected life of the variety will be maintained by W-L Research. One generation of Breeder (Syn 1) and two generations each of Foundation (Syn 2 or 3) and Certified (Syn 3 or 4) seed are recognized. Foundation seed must be produced above 40 degrees North latitude. The maximum permitted length of stand for Foundation and Certified seed fields are 3 and 5 years, respectively. Production of Syn 3 Foundation seed requires consent of the breeder.

6. Certified seed will be marketed in 1998.

7. It is undecided whether application will be made for Plant Variety Protection.

8. The information in this application can be turned over to the PVP office.

9. Experimental Designation: C134 Date submitted:November 1997.