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Author(s):McGowan, D.; Bartlett, M. D.; Terry, L. A.; Vickers, A.; James, I.
Author Affiliation:McGowan, Bartlett and James: Cranfield Centre for Sports Surfaces; Terry: Plant Science Laboratory, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom; Vickers: TurfTrax Group Limited, Oakley, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Title:The effect of soil compaction and water application on rooting in creeping bentgrass
Section:Volunteer presentations
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Meeting Info.:19-20 May 2008: Pisa Italy
Source:1st European Turfgrass Society Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1, May 2008, p. 129-130.
Publishing Information:Pisa, Italy: European Turfgrass Society
# of Pages:2
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Compaction; Irrigation program; Rooting; Agrostis stolonifera; Chlorophyll content; Root growth; Water availability; Root weight
Abstract/Contents:Presents a study conducted to "test the hypothesis that increasing soil compaction and reduced availability of water would increase turfgrass plant stress, thus decreasing the root biomass. It was also hypothesized that these below ground effects would be manifest in the above ground parts of the plant: at higher levels of soil compaction and reduced availability of water there will be a reduction in chlorophyll content of the plant due to increased root stress." Details methods and materials used in the study, stating that "three watering regimes were applied to each level of compaction. Watering regime was graded relative to field capacity." Reports that "root biomass results were negatively skewed, the distribution was normalised [normalized] by log transformation prior to analysis of variance." Concludes that "from these experiments the hypothesis that increased soil compaction and reduced water availability increases stress to the turfgrass is supported. These results were manifest [manifested] both in the root biomass and chlorophyll content of the plant tissues, despite the trial only lasting for 4 weeks...This research highlight [highlights] that there is a fine and optimum point for the quantity of irrigation, related to the level of compaction and the stage of growth, or health of the turfgrass plant. By understanding some of the complexities of the turf-soil interactions, greenkeeper management decisions can be better supported."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
McGowan, D., M. D. Bartlett, L. A. Terry, A. Vickers, and I. James. 2008. The effect of soil compaction and water application on rooting in creeping bentgrass. Eur. Turfgrass Soc. Conf. Proc. 1:p. 129-130.
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