COURSE CARE
Physiology, Genetics And Breeding

The Nobel Prize-winning chemist Robert F. Curl of Rice University spoke for many of his colleagues in science when he proclaimed that the 20th century was "the century of physics and chemistry. But it is clear that the next century will be the century of biology." Seventeen projects are ushering biotechnology into turfgrass species, along with conventional plant breeding improvements bentgrass and bermudagrass. The goal is to reduce water and pesticide use in the long term. The USGA continues to collect and evaluate other promising grass species, such as seashore paspalum and inland saltgrass, which will allow poor quality water to be used in coastal and desert climates.

Project Title

Institution

Buffalograss Breeding and Genetics

University of Nebraska

Development of a Shade-Tolerant Bermudagrass Cultivars Suitable for Fine Turf Use

Oklahoma State University

Improving Our Understanding of Salinity Tolerance in Perennial Ryegrass Through Transcriptome Analysis  

 Rutgers University

Development of Fine-Textured, Large Patch-Resistant Zoysiagrass Cultivars with Enhanced Cold Hardiness for the Transition Zone

Texas A&M University

Early Physiological Changes Associated in Cold Deacclimation of Annual bluegrass and Creeping bentgrass

University of Massachusetts

Development of seeded zoysiagrass cultivars with improved turf quality and high seed yields

Texas A&M University

Molecular Characterization of Chinch Bug Resistant Buffalograss

University of Nebraska

Characterization and Validation of Molecular Markers Linked to Heat and Drought Tolerance for Marker Assisted Selection of Stress-tolerant Creeping Bentgrass

Rutgers University

Evaluation of Curly Mesquite and Sprucetop Grama for Turfgrass Development  

University of Arizona

Breeding and Evaluation of Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass and Bentgrass for Turf

Rutgers University

Development of Seeded Turf-Type Saltgrass Variety

Colorado State University

Production and Maintenance of Triploid Interspecific Bermudagrass Hybrids for QTL Analysis

University of Georgia

Adaptation and Management of Fine Fescues for Golf Course Fairways  

University of Minnesota

Genetic Improvement of Prairie Junegrass

University of Minnesota

Breeding and Evaluation of Turf Bermudagrass Varieties

Oklahoma State University

Improved Understanding and Testing for Salinity Tolerance in Cool-Season Turfgrasses

Utah State University

Germplasm Improvement of Low-Input Fine Fescues

University of Minnesota

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