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Tedera (Bituminaria bituminosa var. albomarginata and var. crassiuscula) is a traditional forage species used for centuries in the Canary Islands (Méndez and Fernández 1990), that has increasingly attracted interest from researchers in regions with Mediterranean-type climates from Spain, Italy, Israel, Greece, Portugal, Morocco, Turkey and Australia. In 2000, Australian pasture researchers started a large and systematic screening process that evaluated about 720 species of exotic and native legumes, grasses and herbs for adaptation and productivity in Mediterranean and temperate environments (Real et al. 2011). Tedera was one of the few novel perennial legumes to show potential for domestication (Real et al. 2008; Real et al. 2011). Now an international multidisciplinary team has come together to take tedera forward towards commercial adoption by farmers in Mediterranean-type environments. This paper provides a technical update and discussion on all research aspects conducted by the tedera research team up to February 2013.

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Tedera: From a Promising Novel Species to a Commercial Pasture Option for Mediterranean Southern Australia

Tedera (Bituminaria bituminosa var. albomarginata and var. crassiuscula) is a traditional forage species used for centuries in the Canary Islands (Méndez and Fernández 1990), that has increasingly attracted interest from researchers in regions with Mediterranean-type climates from Spain, Italy, Israel, Greece, Portugal, Morocco, Turkey and Australia. In 2000, Australian pasture researchers started a large and systematic screening process that evaluated about 720 species of exotic and native legumes, grasses and herbs for adaptation and productivity in Mediterranean and temperate environments (Real et al. 2011). Tedera was one of the few novel perennial legumes to show potential for domestication (Real et al. 2008; Real et al. 2011). Now an international multidisciplinary team has come together to take tedera forward towards commercial adoption by farmers in Mediterranean-type environments. This paper provides a technical update and discussion on all research aspects conducted by the tedera research team up to February 2013.