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Web URL(s):https://scisoc.confex.com/scisoc/2023am/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/153250
    Last checked: 12/06/2023
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Content Type:Abstract or Summary only
Author(s):Patton, Aaron J.; Amgain, Naba R.
Author Affiliation:Patton: Presenting Author and Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Amgain: Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Title:Is your turfgrass invasive?
Section:Turfgrass science oral II
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Meeting Info.:St. Louis, Missouri: October 29-November 1, 2023
Source:ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting. 2023, p. 153250.
Publishing Information:[Madison, Wisconsin]: [American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America]
# of Pages:1
Abstract/Contents:"Tall fescue (Schedonorus arundinaceus) is a cool-season grass native to Eurasia that was introduced into the US in the mid-1800s. It is utilized for pastures, grasslands, roadsides, parks, sod farms, lawns, athletic fields, and golf courses. In Indiana alone, it is estimated that over 1,200,000 acres of tall fescue is grown. Positive attributes of the species include its quick establishment, low nitrogen fertilization requirement, drought tolerance, and resistance to weed invasion compared to other cool-season turfgrasses such as Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis). However, tall fescue has been added to various invasive species lists due to its ability to reproduce from seed and persist in unmanaged habitats in part due to the presence of endophytes in some cultivars and its potential allelopathy. Invasive species are "non-native species whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic harm, environmental harm, or harm to human health" (invasive.org). The focus is often to prevent damage to unmanaged natural areas. However, these lists are being applied by at least one local government as part of a building code towards managed lawns. Recently, the City of Bloomington, IN added tall fescue to their list of plants that residents are prohibited from planting. Bloomington, Indiana is located in the transitional climatic zone for which tall fescue is the best adapted turfgrass for lawns as it requires less inputs (irrigation, fertilization, weed control) than other cool-season turfgrass species to maintain. Tall fescue was prohibited based on a "medium" invasive ranking by the Indiana Invasive Species Council. Invasive species lists in other states also include turfgrass species as invasive. Turfgrass scientists should be aware of these invasive species lists and engage with stakeholders making these assessments. Additional research on the potential invasiveness of managed turfgrass species may be required to better inform decision makers."
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Patton, A. J., and N. R. Amgain. 2023. Is your turfgrass invasive?. Agron. Abr. p. 153250.
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