The working group focuses on forage grasses and clovers from the Nordic countries and the mandate lists include over 90 different species. The forage collection contains not only cultivated varieties, but also research material, landraces and samples from wild or semi wild populations. A large proportion of the accessions are classified as either wild or semi-wild (nearly 70%). The collection contains more than 5 000 accessions and detailed information on these is available via our data base SESTO
The working group consists of one forage expert from each of the Nordic countries. The group meets once a year and have at least one additional telephone conference. The aims of these meetings are to exchange information among the countries, discuss the forage collection and its development and to plan common projects.
NordGen is responsible for publishing the European Central Crop databases on Phleum and Minor Forage Grasses.