Muhammad Naeem

Doctor of Philosophy, (Plant Breeding and Genetics)
Study Completed: 2013
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Analysis of seed production traits in interspecific hybrids between Trifolium repens (white clover) and Trifolium uniflorum

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White clover is an important component of New Zealand’s pastoral and herbage seed industries, but it is very susceptible to drought. To improve drought tolerance and root traits, interspecific hybrids were made between white clover and its wild relative T. uniflorum. The hybrids showed poor seed production. Mr. Naeem analysed this problem and improved seed production of the hybrids by plant breeding and selection. Satisfactory seed production was achieved and was expected to facilitate wider cultivation and seed export of this valuable hybrid plant material

Professor Peter Kemp
Associate Professor James Millner
Professor Warren Williams