This patchy growth of barrel medic has been linked to variability of soil acidity (Little et al.
A pasture species commonly grown in these farming systems, barrel medic (Medicago truncatula), may be expected to have increased yield in soil of the burn zones at sites in this experiment, as it prefers to grow in neutral to alkaline soil (Schipp and Young 2004).
Little IP, Chartres C J, Young RR (1992) The relationship of soil properties to the growth of barrel medic at Condobolin, New South Wales.
Funded by a 4-year National Science Foundation grant, the barrel medic genome project includes collaborators at the Universities of California-Davis and Minnesota and with the Noble Foundation.
Earlier work showed that many genetic markers for barrel medic can be used to find genes in alfalfa.
In summary the design was: main-plot factor, 3 harvests [27 and 48 days after planting, and at maturity (91 days)]; subplot factors, 4 residues [non-residue control, Flemingia leaf, barrel medic hay, and wheat straw] x 2 fertilisers [N, NPKS] x 3 replicates.
The 4 residue treatments evaluated were a non-residue control, Flemingia macrophylla leaf litter, barrel medic (Medicago truncatula) hay, and wheat (Triticum aestivum) straw.
In its first two years, LIS has developed a free Web-accessible legume information resource consisting of bioinformatics analysis and visualization software for genomic information from Barrel Medic
(Medicago truncatula) and Japanese bird's foot trefoil (Lotus japonicus), model legumes, as well as from soybean.