LSA’s USA Study Tour: Day Five

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Continuing on with their whirlwind study tour of the United States, Lawn Solutions Australia tour participants today ventured on to Georgia State University.

The turfgrass breeding and specifications programs carried out here are renowned as being amongst the most advanced in the world.

A tour throughout the facility was followed by a presentation from some of the centre’s breeders and researchers.

Dr Brian Schwartz, bermuda, centipede and zoysia breeder, is assistant professor of turfgrass breeding and a Zoysia expert.
He is currently breeding more than 3,000 types of zoysias and spoke on his continuing work in this area. 

Breeder Dr Paul Raymer gave an overview of his development of improved cultivars of seashore paspalum, tall fescue, zoysia and creeping bentgrass for a range of fine-turf and environmental applications. 

Research areas he explained he oversees include breeding methodology, herbicide and disease resistance traits, and development of molecular markers for other important traits such as salt tolerance.

Dr Clint Walt, an extension turfgrass scientist also joined the presentation from the University and told the group how he conducts National Turfgrass Evaluation Trials in Georgia and also other research and extension activities.

The group of Australian turf growers were suitably impressed by the facility and its programs and passed on their thanks to all those involved.

There are a number of new turf types to be released into Lawn Solutions Australia’s cache of varieties. 

The strength and backing of the breeding and certification program from such a pre-eminent organisation such as Georgia State University, will offer LSA growers and their customers the assurance of unparalleled performance into the future.

The tour members are moving on in the morning as they make their way over the weekend to Orlando, Florida with plenty of sightseeing in between.

The study tour proper continues on Monday now, with a few activities around the Turf Producers International conference in Orlando.

Pictured: Dr Paul Raymer gives LSA members a first-hand tour through one of Georgia State University’s breeding centre’s hot houses.

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