WA scientists are testing the performance of subterranean vetch, a pasture legume that flowers and sets seed underground. They hope it will perform well in poor soils and dry areas under both ley farming and continuous pasture. So far the subterranean vetch has demonstrated an ability to regenerate spontaneously in a barleyvetch rotation.
The research is part of a five-year project by researchers from the University of Western Australia and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Syria. The work is using genetic material from Syria, Cyprus, Turkey, Jordan and Morocco. Growers support the project through the GRDC.