1. FG 9IA00 is a synthetic variety with 198 parent plants. Parent plants were selected for abundant mid winter growth in the Imperial Valley of California and/or resistance to the following disease and insect pests: spotted alfalfa aphid, blue alfalfa aphid, pea aphid, Phytophthora root rot, anthracnose (Race I), Verticillium wilt and Fusarium wilt. Germplasm sources used in developing FG 9LA00 were Coronado (45%), Beacon (35%), CUF 101 (10%) and UC 332 (10%). Breeder seed (Syn 1) was produced near Nampa, Idaho in 1994. Seed was harvested in total on all parents and bulked to form breeder seed. Approximate germplasm source contributions are: M. falcata (1%), Ladak (1%), M. varia (5%), Turkistan (9%), Flemish (1%), Chilean (5%), Peruvian (4%), Indian (24%), African (44%) and unknown (6%).

2. This variety is adapted to the Southwest U. S. . This variety has been tested in Argentina and California It will be used in California and Argentina.

3. This variety is less fall dormant than the very non-dormant check CUF 101. Flower color (Syn2) is 100% purple with a trace of variegated.

4. This variety has high resistance to root knot nematode (M. hapla), Fusarium wilt, spotted alfalfa aphid, pea aphid and blue alfalfa aphid; resistance to Phytophthora root rot; moderate resistance to stem nematode and Verticillium wilt; and it is susceptible to anthracnose (Race 1). Reaction to Aphanomyces root rot and bacterial wilt has not been tested.

5. Seed increase is on a limited generation basis with one generation of breeder and two generations of foundation and certified seed classes. Breeder (Syn I), foundation (Syn 2 or Syn 3), and certified (Syn 3 or Syn 4) classes will be recognized. Production of Syn 3 foundation seed requires consent of the breeder. Breeder seed was produced near Nampa, Idaho in 1994. Sufficient foundation seed for the projected life of the variety will be maintained by Forage Genetics. Stands of foundation and certified seed fields are limited to 3 and 6 years, respectively.

6. Certified seed will be marketed in 1998.

7. No decision has been made concerning Plant Variety Protection Act.

8. The information in this application may be forwarded to the PVP office.

9. Variety Name:

Experimental designations:FG9L400 (FG 95-60)

Date Submitted 11/1/97