Location: Forage and Range Research
2011 Annual Report
During FY-2011: Drought tolerant Kentucky bluegrass varieties and accessions were identified in a large field study, transplanted for seed increase, and a paper submitted for research publication. Seed was collected from previously identified salt tolerant Kentucky bluegrass accessions, which will be useful for future physiological studies and cooperative agreements. Heat tolerance mechamisms in fine fescues were investigated, and tolerant plants were crossed with intolerant plants for genetic analysis. Other fine fescue sources were planted in several locations for evaluation of persistence in low rainfall and no supplemental irrigation management regimes. Percent green color was evaluated on a first year’s data of new collections of several turfgrass species from the Caucasus mountain region in Russia.
Monitoring Methods: • Email, telephone, and visits for project planning and implementation. • Email and telephone correspondence over funds. • Visits and weekly interviews with students and each other for project updates. • Coordinated presentations at field days, regional meetings, and other scientific meetings.