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Book: Proceedings of the Second International Turfgrass Research Conference
Published by: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America



  1.  p. 35-40
    Proceedings of the Second International Turfgrass Research Conference

    Eliot C. Roberts (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-573-4




Behavior of turfgrass species in France1

  1. B. Bourgoin,
  2. C. Billot,
  3. M. Kerguelen,
  4. A. Hentgen and
  5. P. Mansat


The behavior of different turfgrass species and varieties has been investigated in France by the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique since 1966. Plots have been set up in several locations in order to evaluate essential criteria including disease resistance, summer and winter performance, persistency, and visual appeal. Test results indicate that Festuca ovina L. var. duriuscula, F. rubra L. var. niqrescens, and F. rubra L. var. littoralis are turfgrasses of particular interest in all locations because of density, fineness, persistence, and disease resistance. Phleum nodosum L. and Lolium perenne L. are good species but are more susceptible to summer stresses. L. perenne withstands artificial wear best. F. arundinacea Schreb. also withstands wear well. Agrostis spp. are not as satisfactory because of their great susceptibility to climatic influences in summer and winter, and Poa pratensis L. is unsuitable when grown south of the Seine, because of susceptibility to leaf rusts. Additional index words: Disease resistance, Wear tolerance, Persistence, Climatic influences, Festuca spp., Phleum nodosum L., Lolium spp., Agrostis spp., Poa pratensis L.

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