By Yinjie Qiu
With about 450 species, fescues (Festuca L., Poaceae) are a large and diverse genus of perennial grasses. Based on various features, fine fescues are currently divided into two groups referred to as the F. rubra complex and the F. ovina complex. While it is relatively easy to identify fine fescue species into their proper complex, it is challenging to differentiate species within the same complex.
By Andrew Hollman
When seeding our turfgrass research plots we often cover them using products designed to prevent erosion and increase germination. In recent years we have used a different product for trials we are doing in conjunction with another university. With these removable blankets we have run into a number of challenges.
Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work! We have a research report, new research results and a newspaper article.
By Ryan Schwab
Every year the UMN Turfgrass Science program has housed an outreach-education booth in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building during the Great Minnesota Get-Together. It is a fun way for us to take a break from the ongoing summer research and interact with our fellow Minnesotans and folks from all over the region. Each year we tend to receive similar questions from homeowners, and I decided to tally these up throughout the 2019 fair to get a better idea of what Minnesotans are wondering about or struggling with the most.
By Joan Barreto Ortiz
I am a new graduate student on the Plant Breeding/Molecular Genetics track in the Applied Plant Sciences program at the University of Minnesota. One of my main objectives for my current project is to develop novel systems that attempt to understand the genetics of seed shattering—the seed loss due to detachment from the spike—in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) seed production and strategies that can be used to breed for better seed retention.