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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

 

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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.c51

Tree Shade Adaptation of Turfgrass Species and Cultivars in France1

  1. A. Chesnel,
  2. R. Croise and
  3. B. Bourgoin

Abstract

Abstract

The comparative shade adaptation of the principle cool-season turfgrass species was investigated under a natural tree shade environment in 1974 and 1975. Two trials were conducted. One was established at Ets Vilmorin at Beaufort en Valleé near Angers, France on an acidic sandy soil under the shade of leafy, coniferous trees and the second site was established by the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) at Poitiers, France on a clay soil with a very dense tree canopy. Comparative adaptation of the various cool-season turfgrass species varied between the two sites in 1974 and 1975. The bentgrass (Agrostis spp.) species were best at the Beaufort en Valleé site while shade (Festuca heterophylla Lam.) and red (F. rubra L.) fescues and roughstalk bluegrass (Poa trivialis L.) were the most promising at Poitiers. Most of the cool-season species and cultivars evaluated in the test had almost completely disappeared in both shade sites by late 1975. The rate of disappearance was greater at Poitiers which was attributed to the greater shade canopy density and lower cultural intensity.

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