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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Tahoma 31 Carries on OSU Turfgrass Legacy
Spring is here with warmer temperatures and longer days as outdoor athletes take to the field on lush carpets of rich green turf. From baseball parks and golf courses to football stadiums and soccer fields, many of those facilities feature some of the highest-performing turfgrass varieties on the market developed at Oklahoma State University.

OSU’s turfgrass breeding and development team involving faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology has released several popular varieties of Bermuda over the past couple of decades. A warm season grass that thrives best in subtropical climates, Bermuda cannot survive in freezing temperatures, but each new variety released by OSU offers an improved level of winter hardiness.

The seeded varieties of Riviera and Yukon were some of OSU’s early turfgrass products before a newer version named Patriot debuted in the mid-2000s. Patriot, a clonal variety, demonstrated higher levels of cold tolerance along with good grass recovery, an ideal trait for sports that are tough on the turf bed such as football.

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