Turfgrass Biology, Genetics, and Breeding

  • ID: 2214257
  • Book
  • 384 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Thorough biological coverage of all major turf species

Turfgrass Biology, Genetics, and Breeding presents for the first time a comprehensive study of the various types of turfgrasses, their genetic and biological makeup, and the specifics of when, how, where, and why each species was adapted for use.

The only book of its kind specifically addressing turfgrass science, this timesaving reference provides the basic biological explanations behind adaptation, genetics, and breeding of turfgrasses, following the evolution of these grass species up to the most current advances in domesticating them for turf. Edited by two leading experts in the field, chapters cover cool– and warm–season grasses and come from an international group of contributors that include the most notable and respected leaders in the field.

Turfgrass Biology, Genetics, and Breeding is an invaluable resource for scientists, researchers, other turfgrass professionals, and students.

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Origins of the Turfgrasses (M.D. Casler and R.R. Duncan).


Kentucky Bluegrass (D.R. Huff).

Annual Bluegrass (D.R. Huff).

Supina Bluegrass (S. Bughrara).

Texas Bluegrass (J.C. Read and S.J. Anderson).

Rough Bluegrass (R. Hurley).

Perennial Ryegrass (D. Thorogood).

Tall Fescue (W.A. Meyer and E. Watkins).

Fine–Leaved Festuca Species (B.A. Ruemmele, et al.).

Creeping Bentgrass (S.E. Warnke).

Colonial Bentgrass (B.A. Ruemmele).

Velvet Bentgrass (L. Brilman).

Three Minor Agrostis Species: Redtop, Highland Bentgrass, and Idaha Bentgrass (A.D. Brede and M.J. Sellman).

Hairgrasses (L. Brilman and E. Watkins).


Bermudagrass (C.M. Taliaferro).

Buffalograss (T.P. Riordan and S.J. Browning).

Zoysiagrasses (M.C. Engelke and S. Anderson).

Centipedegrass (W.W. Hanna and J. Liu).

Seashore Paspalum (R.R. Duncan).

St. Augustinegrass (P. Busey).

Bahiagrass (P. Busey).


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MICHAEL D. CASLER, PhD, is a research geneticist with the USDA–ARS and professor in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin––Madison. A member and former chair of the Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics program at the university, he′s written more than 100 peer–reviewed publications, spoken at numerous international conferences, and developed and registered four improved cultivars of perennial grasses.

RONNY R. DUNCAN, PhD, is a professor of Turfgrass Breeding and Stress Physiology in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Georgia, Griffen. He′s the author of Seashore Paspalum and Salt–Affected Turfgrass Sites, both published by Wiley.
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