Improvement of dual purpose barley for forage and straw for livestock
A total of 660 barley accessions representing land races, advanced genotypes and cultivars from different regions of the world were screened for straw traits like dry matter, Ash content, organic matter, nitrogen, crude protein, NDF, ADF and ADL contents in percent. The accessions were part of two association mapping panels constituted at ICARDA and also being phenotyped for several other traits. The straw samples were collected from Marchouch, Morocco and supplied to ICARDA Ethiopia office for NIR analysis in ILRI laboratory. The range and mean value for each trait are given below, which indicates that variability is present for several traits and these lines can be utilized for further dual purpose barley improvement in barley program at ICARDA and NARS.