Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Convention Center, Exhibit Hall BC, Second Floor
Prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata) is receiving wide attention for its potential as a bioenergy crop on marginal poorly-drained soils in the northern
Great Plains and elsewhere. Similar to most other native warm-season grasses, seed production of prairie cordgrass is unpredictable. Seed set (i.e., frequency of florets that contain a caryopsis) is an important component of seed yield in native perennial grasses in the northern Great Plains. A population of prairie cordgrass selected for biomass production was evaluated for seed set and other seed yield components over 3 years in eastern . Temporal and spatial variation occurred for seed set.