Turf-type tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) germplasm available both commercially and in cultivar trials is surprisingly similar in quality and performance. To test genetic diversity within this germplasm, Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT) was used to detect DNA polymorphism among 93 entries from the 2006 National Turfgrass Evaluation Program tall fescue test in Riverside, CA.
Grasses are among the most important and widely cultivated plants on Earth. They provide high quality fodder for livestock, are used for turf and amenity purposes, and play a fundamental role in environment protection. Among cultivated grasses, species within the Festuca-Lolium complex predominate, especially in temperate regions. To facilitate high-throughput genome profiling and genetic mapping within the complex, we have developed a Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT) array for five grass species: F. pratensis, F. arundinacea, F. glaucescens, L. perenne and L. multiflorum.