Registration of ‘Muir’ Spring Feed Barley

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‘Muir’ (Reg. No. CV-357, PI 674172) is a two-row, spring, hulled feed barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) cultivar developed and evaluated as 07WA-601.6, and released in 2013 by Washington State University (WSU). Muir was derived from the cross ‘Baronesse’/‘Bob’ and selected through singleseed descent from F2 to F4 and pedigree breeding methods from F5 to F6. Muir was tested in multi-environment trials at 8 to 10 locations per year by the WSU Variety Testing Program from 2011 to 2014. In the low rainfall (precipitation) testing locations, Muir had a mean grain yield (4787.0 kg ha-1) that was higher than those of check cultivars Baronesse, Bob, and Lyon. Muir showed head emergence significantly earlier than Baronesse, Bob, and ‘Lenetah’ and was 3.3 cm taller than Baronesse and 5.5 cm shorter than ‘Champion’ across low rainfall zone locations. Muir is resistant to currently prevalent races of the stripe rust pathogen (Puccinia striiformis Westend. f. sp. hordei Erikss.); by comparison, commonly grow n cultivars Baronesse, Bob, and Champion are rated as moderately resistant, ‘Harrington’, Lenetah, and Lyon are rated as moderately susceptible, and ‘CDC Copeland’ and ‘CDC Meredith’ are rated as susceptible. Muir was released on the basis of its excellent stripe rust resistance, high grain yield, and agronomic qualities suitable for a feed barley cultivar in low rainfall zones of Washington. © Crop Science Society of America. All rights reserved.


Murphy, K. M., Ullrich, S. E., Wood, M. B., Matanguihan, J. B., Jitkov, V. A., Guy, S. O., Chen, X., Brouwer, B. O., Lyon, S. R., & Jones, S. S. (2015). Registration of ‘muir’ spring feed barley. Journal of Plant Registrations, 9(3), 283–287. https://doi.org/10.3198/jpr2015.01.0001crc

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