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Author(s):Waldron, B. L.; Asay, K. H.; Jensen, K. B.; Johnson, P. G.
Author Affiliation:Waldron, Asay, Jensen: USDA-ARS; Johnson: Utah State University
Title:Breeding and genetics of low-maintenance turf for semiarid landscapes
Section:Turfgrass science
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Meeting Info.:Minneapolis, MN: November 5-9, 2000
Source:2000 Annual Meeting Abstracts [ASA/CSSA/SSSA]. 2000, p. 160.
Publishing Information:[Madison, WI]: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America
# of Pages:1
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Water resources; Water conservation; Low maintenance turf; Drought resistance; Semiarid climates; Reclamation; Forage; Habitats; Agropyron cristatum; Selection; Aesthetic values; Sprinklers; Irrigation systems; Irrigation scheduling; Spring green-up; Summer dormancy; Mowing; Density; Sod
Cultivar Names:RoadCrest; Fairway
Geographic Terms:Intermountain West
Abstract/Contents:"Urban demands for limited water supplies necessitate water conservation, including the development of low-maintenance turf. The wheatgrasses are extremely drought tolerant and well adapted to the Intermountain West region. Historically, these grasses have been used for reclamation, and improved forage and habitat under semiarid conditions where soil stabilization, not aesthetic appearance, was the primary goal. After three cycles of selection the USDA-ARS Forage and Range Research Lab, in cooperation with Utah State University, released 'RoadCrest' low-maintenance turf-type crested wheatgrass. This rhizomatous, low-growing, wheatgrass cultivar is quickly replacing 'Fairway' crested wheatgrass as a standard part of low-maintenance turf mixes. Selection within RoadCrest, and other crested and thickspike wheatgrass populations is underway to improve aesthetic turf quality. In addition, a diverse group of grass species collected from different semiarid regions of the world are being, or will be, evaluated for turf potential. A line-source sprinkler system, using multiple irrigation levels, has been a valuable evaluation tool. Current traits under selection include reduced spring growth, less heat-induced dormancy, mowability, sod-forming capability, tiller density, and overall turf quality. The development of RoadCrest and current breeding populations and methods will be highlighted."
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Waldron, B. L., K. H. Asay, K. B. Jensen, and P. G. Johnson. 2000. Breeding and genetics of low-maintenance turf for semiarid landscapes. Annu. Meet. Abstr. p. 160.
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