SCANGREEN 2015-2018: Turfgrass species, varieties, seed blends and mixtures for integrated pest management of Scandinavian putting greens


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

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:

Category: Turfgrass
Status: Ongoing
Project period: January 2015 - December 2018

Fundings (kSEK)

2015  2016  2017 2018 Total
STERF 481 638 563 569  2 251
Other sources 225 80 80 180    565
Total 706 718 643 749 2 816


Project objectives
• 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.