A joint collecting mission in Southern Kazakhstan
A joint seed collection mission between VIR, ICARDA, Margot Forde Forage Germplasm Centre (MFFGC) and the Kazakh Research Institute of Agriculture and Crop Prop Production was performed in Southern Kazakhstan between 29 June and 18 July 2015. Explorations and collecting of wild and cultivated cereal, forage (Aegilops, Triticum, Hordeum, Dactylis, Phleum, etc.) and legume (Medicago, Trifolium, Onobrychis, etc.) species were carried out in the Almaty, Zhambyl and South-Kazakhstan provinces. The joint team explored vast territories with terrain encompassing steppes, semi-deserts and foothills. The route length was around 3000 km and the total number of collected accessions was over 300.