Golf Course Turfgrass Species 'Remembers' if it was Mowed, Develops Differently
The discovery solves a two-decades-old mystery that has vexed Penn State Professor of Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics David Huff, whose research trials are aimed at breeding Poa annua to produce seed for golf greens.
“We believe that such transgenerational memory would be further entrenched or relaxed across additional generations of continued or relaxed mowing stress,” said Chris Benson, who spearheaded the research. “We think we can use this knowledge to overcome the genetics and produce stable cultivars.” This work was supported by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, read the Penn State News article.