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Author(s):Beard, James B.; Green, Robert L.
Author Affiliation:Formerly Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University, International Sports Turf Institute, Texas; Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, California
Title:The role of turfgrasses in environmental protection and their benefits to humans
Source:Journal of Environmental Quality. Vol. 23, No. 3, May/June 1994, p. 452-460.
# of Pages:9
Publishing Information:Madison, Wisconsin: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Environmental protection; Aesthetic values; Turf values
Abstract/Contents:"Turfgrass have been utilized by humans to enhance their environment for more than 10 centuries. The complexity and comprehensiveness of these environmental benefits that improve our quality-of-life are just now being quantitatively documented through research. Turfgrass benefits may be divided into (i) functional, (ii) recreational, and (iii) aesthetic components. Specific functional benefits include: excellent soil erosion control and dust stabilization thereby protecting a vital soil resource; improved recharge and quality protection of groundwater, plus flood control; enhanced entrapment and biodegradation of synthetic organic compounds; soil improvement that includes CO2 conversion; accelerated restoration of disturbed soils; substantial urban heat dissipation-temperature moderation; reduced noise, glare, and visual pollution problems; decreased noxious pests and allergy-related pollens; safety in vehicle operation on roadsides and engine longevity on airfields; lowered fire hazard via open, green turfed firebreaks; and improved security of sensitive installations provided by high visibility zones. The recreational benefits include a low-cost surface for outdoor sport and leisure activities, enhanced physical health of participants, and a unique low-cost cushion against personal impact injuries. The aesthetic benefits include enhanced beauty and attractiveness; a complimentary relationship to the total landscape ecosystem of flowers, shrubs and trees; improved mental health with a positive therapeutic impact, social harmony and stability; improved work productivity; and an overall better quality-of-life, especially in densely populated urban areas."
Language:English
References:87
See Also:See also related article "Turfgrasses and water conservation issues" TURFAX, 2(4) July/August 1994, p. 5-6, R=213532. R=213532

See also related article "Water conservation and turfgrass" Hole Notes, 25(8) October 1994, p. 16, 25, R=34827. R=34827

See also article "Scientific study of turfgrass" Greenmaster, 28(5) October/November 1994, p. 21, R=116160. R=116160

Response to this article appears as letter to the editor, Journal of Environmental Quality, 25(1) January/February 1996 , p. 206-208 R=36859. R=36859

Summary appears in Golf Course Management, March 1996, p. 57-61, R=37042. R=37042

See also summary "Environmental benefits of turfgrass" Sports Turf Manager, 17(2) Summer 2004, p. 13, R=98248. R=98248

See also summary "Beard on benefits", Golf Course Management, 87(3) March 2019, p. 84, R=304462. R=304462

See also derivative "popular" summation by USGA, R=32471. R=32471
Note:Partial reprint appears in Turf Craft Aust., 39 September 1994, p. 67-69
Reprint appears in The Turf Line News, 124 October/November 1994, p. 24-26
Abstract appears in Sports Turf Newsletter, 7(4) December 1994, p. 9
Partial reprint appears in TurfCraft International, December 1994, p. 79-82 with variant title "Turfgrass environmental benefits under scientific examination"
Abstract appears in OTF Turf News, 66(2) March/April 2004, p. 16
Brief summary appears in Sports Turf Manager, 17(2) Summer 2004, p. 13
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Beard, J. B., and R. L. Green. 1994. The role of turfgrasses in environmental protection and their benefits to humans. J. Environ. Qual. 23(3):p. 452-460.
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