Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Baldwin, S. Brian

Committee Member

Reynolds, B. Daniel

Committee Member

Burger, Wesley L.

Date of Degree

1-1-2009

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Abstract

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is a native warm-season grass where weed control during establishment is a limiting factor for stand. Objectives of this research are to develop a herbicide resistant cultivar and to test a variety of seed safeners to improve first year growth. Phenotypic recurrent selection (PRS) was used to select ‘Alamo’ switchgrass seedlings that showed resistance to imazapic herbicide at 245 g a.i./ha. Initial screenings of 364, 650 seedlings resulted in 63 survivors, a selection intensity of 0.0172%. Subsequent testing of the next generation of seedlings indicated that multiple generations of selection were needed in order to transfer greater resistance to the offspring. Seed safener testing consisted of three trials. Field data taken included emergence counts, weed control ratings, and end of season harvest. Results showed fluxofenin (a.i. in Concep III) as being only safener providing protection against metolachlor (83.7% a.i.).

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/15623

Comments

switchgrass||seed safener||herbicide resistance

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