Annual bluegrass (Poa annua) is a troublesome weed in turfgrass and other landscapes. Its invasive biology and acquired herbicide resistance challenges turfgrass managers by increasing costs and compromising expected outcomes.
A team of 16 university scientists have embarked on a $5.6 million project to limit the impact of annual bluegrass in athletic, golf, lawn, and sod farm turfgrass. The team’s multifaceted approach, funded by USDA-NIFA Specialty Crops Research Initiative (SCRI), has the following objectives:
Collect plants from surveyed sites
Record site data
Screen for resistance
Collect seed from survivors
Investigate modes of resistance
Measure stakeholder knowledge
Participating in this Texas A&M survey helps us to identify potential collection sites with unique populations.