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Book: Contributions from Breeding Forage and Turf Grasses
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  1.  p. 31-48
    CSSA Special Publication 15.
    Contributions from Breeding Forage and Turf Grasses

    D. A. Sleper, K. H. Asay and J. F. Pedersen (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-594-9

     

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doi:10.2135/cssaspecpub15.c4

Progress and Benefits to Humanity from Breeding Cool-Season Grasses for Turf1

  1. William A. Meyer and
  2. C. Reed Funk
  1. Pure Seed Testing, Inc., Hubbard, Oregon

Abstract

Dramatic progress continues to be made in the genetic improvement of a number of cool-season grasses used for turf and conservation. Attractive, durable, persistent cultivars with improved pest resistance, increased stress tolerance, and reduced maintenance requirements are becoming available to the American public. Such cultivars are becoming increasingly important in programs to enhance our physical environment, conserve our soil and water resources, and provide recreation. Advances in both the sciences and art of plant breeding and in associated disciplines are making turfgrass breeders more effective in meeting the needs and wants of humanity.

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