Golf Course Management

SEP 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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72 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.18 Wayne W. Hanna, Ph.D. Brian M. Schwartz, Ph.D. Bermudagrass: Know your hybrids Dedicated plant breeders have worked for decades to improve common bermudagrass cultivars to provide finer, high-quality turf for golf courses, sports fields and forage. A hybrid is a cross between two genetically different plants. Hybrid plants that were de - liberately developed by humans — rather than occurring naturally in the wild — first made a significant impact on society when develop - ment of superior hybrid corn varieties during the first half of the 20th century led to a spike in corn production that has continued to the present day. Just as improvements in corn rev - olutionized farming and the American diet, genetic improvements in turfgrasses have sig - nificantly altered and enhanced golf course management practices. For many years, the turfgrass breeding program at the University of Georgia's facility in Tifton, Ga., has fo - cused on developing superior bermudagrasses for turf and for forage (Figure 1). In this ar - ticle, we present some basic information about Figure 1. Evaluation in 2018 of new experimental triploid interspecific hybrid bermudagrasses at the University of Georgia campus in Tifton, Ga. Photo by Brian Schwartz

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