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Agronomy Journal Abstract -

Shade Tolerance Studies on Bermudagrass and Other Turfgrasses1


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  1. Vol. 58 No. 5, p. 523-525
    Received: Mar 14, 1966

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  1. George G. McBee and
  2. E. C. Holt2



Several selections of bermudagrass and other turfgrass species were evaluated for turf quality characteristics under different levels of light intensity. Light levels of approximately 35, 60, and 100% and 25, 35, and 100% of incident light, respectively, were used in two independent studies.

A variety of bermudagrass, ‘No-Mow (FB-137)’, exhibited exceptional tolerance to low light intensity. Turf quality of No-Mow was better when grown under reduced light than when exposed to full sunlight. No-Mow also exhibited more shade tolerance than Common St. Augustinegrass. Bermudagrass selection T-135 showed some tolerance to shading but less than No-Mow. Other grasses, including Pensacola bahiagrass, Meyer zoysia, and two additional varieties of bermudagrass, generally were unsatisfactory.

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