Atlanta, United States: A website dedicated to seashore paspalum turfgrass has been launched by Team UGA at the University of Georgia.
Team UGA consists of experts in warm season turfgrass breeding, pest resistance, management, licensing, certification, and foundation plant material production.
The website – www.SeashorePaspalum.uga.edu – was created to serve as a resource on the proper use, maintenance and research of this highly salt-tolerant family of grasses.
The website was developed by Team UGA, utilising the expertise of turfgrass researchers at the University of Georgia, led by Paul Raymer, renowned breeder of seashore paspalum turfgrass varieties and Director of the Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics Research Programme at the University of Georgia campus in Griffin.
The website serves as a comprehensive, one-stop-shop for turfgrass professionals who are looking for information on planting, growing and maintaining seashore paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum) turfgrass.
The website provides information on the benefits of seashore paspalum turf, as well as management tips for fertilisation, mowing, disease control, insect control, and weed control, plus links to articles about the grass.
The website also features a history of the Team UGA turfgrass breeding programme and a blog managed by Raymer.
Seashore paspalum turfgrass is widely used on golf courses, sports fields and lawns around the world.
This warm-season family of grasses is highly desired for its salt tolerance, ability to withstand varying levels of water quality, for its environmentally friendly low fertilisation requirements and for its beauty and playability.
The University of Georgia has released four varieties of seashore paspalum: SeaIsle 1, Sea Isle 2000, SeaIsle Supreme, and SeaStar Seashore Paspalum. Links to sod producers growing Team UGA varieties are also included on the site.
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