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

 

This chapter in PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL TURFGRASS RESEARCH CONFERENCE

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    Proceedings of the Third International Turfgrass Research Conference

    James B. Beard (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-248-1

     

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doi:10.2135/1974.proc3rdintlturfgrass.c47

Characteristics, Breeding Methods, and Seed Production of Poa supina Schrad.1

  1. P. Berner

Abstract

Abstract

Poa supina Schrad. has only recently been recognized for its turfgrass potential. Favorable characteristics include rapid dense stoloniferous spread, short internodes, disease resistance, good wear tolerance, and a reduced mowing requirement. It lacks drought resistance and is a poor seed producer. A breeding and selection program at Steinach, West Germany involves selection of ecotypes, followed by their evaluation for turf characteristics. The most promising types are then tested for seed production. Studies also continue on cultural means for improving seed production. Data indicate that new stands must be well established before winter to initiate seed heads and that excessive thatching of older stands seriously reduces seed production.

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