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  1. Vol. 6 No. 3, p. 246-251
    Received: Feb 6, 2012

    * Corresponding author(s): brian.scully@ars.usda.gov
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Registration of ‘Hammock’ Centipedegrass

  1. B. T. Scully *a,
  2. R. T. Nagatab,
  3. G. S. Nuesslyc,
  4. R. L. Beirigerc,
  5. K. E. Kenworthy *d and
  6. J. B. Unruhe
  1. a USDA-ARS, Crop Protection and Management Res. Unit, P.O. Box 748, Tifton, GA 31793
    b Komohana Res. and Ext. Center, CTAHR, 875 Komohana St., Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa, Hilo, HI 96720
    c Everglades Res. and Education Center, IFAS, 3200 East Palm Beach Rd., Univ. of Florida, Belle Glade, FL 33430
    d Dep. of Agronomy, 304 Newell Hall, IFAS, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL32611-0500
    e West Florida REC, IFAS, Univ. of Florida, 4253 Experiment Dr., Hwy. 182, Jay, FL 32565


‘Hammock’ (Reg. No. CV-264, PI 652949) centipedegrass [Eremochloa ophiuroides (Munro) Hack] was developed at the Everglades Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Belle Glade, FL and initially approved for release in 2006. A plant patent was filed in 2008, and U.S. Patent PP20,812 was issued in 2010. Hammock was tested in Florida under the experimental designation of BA-417 and also patented under this name. The purpose of this breeding program was to identify, select, and develop a centipedegrass that would be acceptable as a regional cultivar in the subtropical and tropical climates of Florida. This cultivar originated as an open-pollinated progeny selected and identified as a unique and distinctly different vegetative phenotype growing in a planting of an unimproved population of centipedegrasses typically known throughout the southern U.S. turf industry as common centipedegrass. Hammock was selected for a more compact leaf structure with consistent canopy structure, uniformity, and quality and for its faster rate of crop establishment and ground coverage. Hammock produced leaves that were 13.9% shorter than Centennial and 22.2% shorter than the common centipedegrass standards. It also received significantly higher summer-quality ratings, presented acceptable color ratings, and generally produced narrower leaves than the standard cultivars. Hammock established full ground coverage and closed canopy 1 mo earlier than the standard cultivars, but this was site dependent, and differences in seasonal patterns were evident.

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