1. Nemesis is a synthetic variety with 157 parent plants which were selected sequentially for multifoliolate leaf expression and for resistance to Phytophthora root rot and Aphanomyces root rot (race 1). Parent plants were selected from crosses between selections from three year old Wisconsin nurseries that were derived from various populations which were developed by phenotypic recurrent selection for high relative feed value (using Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy), and for resistance to one or more of the following pests: bacterial wilt, Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, Aphanomyces root rot (race 1), anthracnose (race 1), and Leptosphaerulina leafspot Parentage of Nemesis traces to the following germplasm sources: Ultraleaf 87, Tartan, GH 787, MultiQueen, and [miscellaneous Cal/West Seeds breeding populations. Approximate germplasm source contributions are as follows: M. falcata (8%), Ladak (6%), M. varia (25%), Turkistan (4%), Flemish (47%), and Chilean (10%).

2. Nemesis is adapted to the North Central areas of the U. S. ,and is intended for use in the North Central and East Central areas of the U. S. . Nemesis has been tested in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa

3. Nemesis is a dormant variety with fall dormancy similar to Ranger. Flower color observed in the Syn2 generation is approximately 85% purple, 13% variegated, and 2% yellow with a trace of white and cream.

4. Nemesis has high resistance to anthracnose (race I), Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, Aphanomyces root rot (race 1),and pea aphid with resistance to bacterial wilt, stem nematode, and spotted alfalfa aphid Reaction to blue alfalfa aphid and root knot nematode has not been adequately tested.

5. Seed increase of Nemesis is on a limited generation basis with one generation of breeder and two generations of the foundation, and certified seed classes. Breeder (Syn1), foundation (Syn. 2 or Syn. 3), and certified (Syn. 3 or SYN4) classes will be recognized. Production of Syn3) foundation seed requires the consent of the breeder. Breeder seed was produced under cage isolation near Woodland, California in 1993. Sufficient foundation seed for the projected life of the variety will be maintained by Cal/West Seeds. Stands of foundation and certified seed fields are limited to 3 and 6 years, respectively.

6. Certified seed of Nemesis will be available in 1998.

7. No decision has been made regarding Plant Variety Protection.

8. This information can be forwarded to the PVP office.

9. Variety Name: Nemesis Date submitted:12/1/97

Experimental Designation: CW 3305