Breeding and evaluation of turfgrass varieties is a key factor to better turf quality. STERF has since 2003 tested species and varieties under realistic green conditions, including wear from pedestrian- type wear machines equipped with golf spikes. SCANGREEN 2015-2018 was carried out at NIBIO Apelsvoll, Norway (62°N) and Korpa GC, Reykjavik, Iceland (64°N) and in the northern zone, and at NIBIO Landvik, Norway (58°N) and Sydsjælland GC, Denmark (56°N) in the southern zone.
The trials included 25 candidate varieties and seven controls representing eight different species. Festuca sp., Lolium perenne (Lp) and Poa pratensis (Pp) were mowed at 5 mm, other species at 3 mm. Pesticides were never used in the trials. Unlike former test rounds, SCANGREEN 2015-2018 also include seed blends of Festuca rubra.
Complete results from the fourth SCANGREEN test round will be published in March/April 2019.
Trygve S. Aamlid, Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Department for Urban Greening and Environmental Technology, Turfgrass Research Group, Landvik, Reddalsveien 215, 4886 Grimstad, Phone: +47 90 52 83 78. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
• To clarify which varieties of Agrostis, Festuca, Poa and Lolium are best suited for integrated pest management of putting greens at four experimental sites representing the two major climate zones in the Nordic countries.
• To investigate the effect on visual quality and uniformity in space and time of using traditional an untraditional seed mixtures and blends on putting greens.
• To create meeting places for discussions between plant breeders, seed companies and greenkeepers in order to encourage variety awareness, integrated pest management and continued efforts into turfgrass breeding for northern environments.