Recycled water, salt-tolerant grass a water-saving pair (American Society of Agronomy)
Luckily for people, some plants are able to make do without perfectly clean water, leaving more good water for drinking. One strategy is to use treated wastewater, containing salt leftover from the cleaning process, to water large areas of turf grass. These areas include athletic fields and golf courses. Golf courses alone use approximately 750 billion gallons of water annually in arid regions.
New research proposes salty take on rye (The Western Producer)
In selecting for strains of perennial rye grass with high saline tolerance, individual plants are irrigated with increasingly higher levels of saline water. Survivors move on to the next round. Poor performers go into the trash.
- Dr. Bruce Clarke to Receive the 2016 USGA Green Section Award (US Golf Association)
- Two Big Ten Universities Work to Develop Environmentally Friendly Lawns (Rutgers Today)
- From Tree to Greens, a U.S. Open Unlike Any Before (The New York Times)
- Stand tall to beat anthracnose (Golf Course Industry)
- Rutgers Firmly Planted on Central Park Turf (SEBS & NJAES Newsroom)
- How the Game of Golf Adapts to Global Warming (Scientific American)
- Spring Gardening: “Going Green” Can Also Apply to Your Lawn (SEBS & NJAES Newsroom)
- How Rutgers science is impacting play at PGA Championship (NJ.com)
- Rutgers turfgrasses prized at Baltusrol, PGA event site (mycentraljersey.com)
- Recycled water, salt-tolerant grass a water-saving pair (EurekAlert!)
- Drought: Saving Water with Plant Genetics, Breeding Salt Tolerance (Nature World News)