Sainfoin found growing naturally in Serbia

LegumePlus members stumble across the illusive species

While attending the Eucarpia conference on forage crops in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia, LegumPlus coordinator Irene Mueller-Harvey (Reading University, UK) and breeding specialist Beat Boller (Agroscope, Reckenholz, Switzerland) were fortunate to come across Sainfoin growing naturally in meadows and in fields on the roadside.

During their brief visit Irene and Beat took a short journey to the Forage Research Institute in Krusevac to view some field experiments, which included two plots of pure sainfoin stands.  On the post-conference tour they discovered a large area of well established Sainfoin, near the Dobrun Monastery (Visegrad, Srpska) which was a fantastic sight.  The attached pictures show Irene and Beat taking a short break to photograph the Sainfoin, which is a main focus for the researchers in the Marie Curie EU LegumePlus project.

Irene Mueller-Harvey and Beat Boller in a sainfoin meadow.

Irene Mueller-Harvey and Beat Boller in a sainfoin meadow.

Sainfoin found growing in fields at the side of the road in Serbia, E. Europe

Sainfoin found growing in fields at the side of the road in Serbia, E. Europe

Farmers in Serbia & Bosnia-Herzegovina have good Sainfoin crops in their fields

Farmers in Serbia & Bosnia-Herzegovina have good Sainfoin crops in their fields