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Author(s):Hentgen, A.
Author Affiliation:INRA France
Title:Behavior of turfgrass species in different French locations
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Meeting Info.:Blacksburg, Virginia: June 19-21, 1973
Source:Abstracts of Papers Presented at the Second International Turfgrass Research Conference. 1973, p. 3-4.
# of Pages:2
Publishing Information:Blacksburg, Virginia: [International Turfgrass Society]
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Breeding aims; Climatic factors; Cultivar evaluation; Cultivar improvement; Growth analysis; Growth factors; Regional variation; Variety trials
Abstract/Contents:"Since 1966 and particularly since 1970, INRA has begun to investigate in France the behaviour of different turfgrasses species and varieties. Therefore, collections have been set up in several locations: Douai (North), Rouen (West), Lusignan (Centre West) and Valence (South). However, none exists along the Mediterranean coast. In Lusignan, the greatest experimental Center, 365 varieties of 21 species are under observation. These trials are mown weekly at 2 cm height during the growing season and every two weeks in late summer and autumn. The essential criteria used for lawn evaluation are: - speed and density of initial establishment, - disease resistance, - visual appeal, - persistency. After several years, it appears that: - Festuca ovina duriscula and Festuca rubra ssp. nigrescens and ssp. littoralis, are turfgrasses particularly interesting in all locations, owing to their density, fineness, persistency and disease resistance. - Pheleum nodosum and Lolium perenne are good species but more susceptible to summer stresses. - Agrostis sp. are not as interesting because of their great susceptibility of climatic influences in summer and winter. - Poa pratensis is unsuitable when grown South of the Seine, because of an important susceptibility of leafrusts (Puccinia strliformis, bromyces poae.). Since 1972, ability to withstand wear has been tested at Lusignan. Festuca arundinacea seems an interesting species to that purpose. Two essential points must be borne in mind when considering these results: - within species, great variability of reaction occurs at one location; behaviour of those species and varieties more or less according to latitude and climate; as an example, while Festuca rubra behaves similarly as it does in Northern Europe, Poa pratensis is suitable only in North Western France. Considering the great intraspecific variability , breeding for improving suitable varieties for the area between the Seine and the Mediterranean coast may be expected."
Note:Additional authors listed as "Bourgoin, Billot, Kerguelen and Mansat"
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Geographic Terms:France
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Hentgen, A. 1973. Behavior of turfgrass species in different French locations. Int. Turfgrass Soc. Annexe - Tech. Pap. p. 3-4.
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