Identification of saline tolerant turfgrass species with optimum turf quality for urban landscaping in United Arab Emirates

S. S. Kurup, A. W. Al Amouri, M. A.M.A. Salem, M. Pessarakli

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    Abstract

    Relative salinity tolerance of eight turfgrass cultivars, three paspalum grasses (viz. 'Sea Dwarf', 'Salam', 'Sea Isle 2000'); four Bermudagrass (viz. 'Yukon', 'Princess 77', 'SR 9554', 'Tifgreen') and tall fescue as control, were tested under five different salinity levels of irrigation consisting of 5000, 10,000, 15,000 and 20,000 ppm of salinity. Control plants were irrigated with non-saline water. Plants were held under sustained salinity for a period of two years to determine the tolerance and retention of turf quality of the cultivars. Succulence (%), shoot count (per m2), intensity of colour, ground coverage (%), shoot fresh weight and dry weight (g/m2) recorded significant differences under different levels of salinity. Cultivars 'Salam', 'Sea Isle 2000', 'Sea Dwarf' paspalum continued to show extreme tolerance to salinity. These cultivars can be considered as halophytes suitable for turf.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMiddle East Horticultural Summit
    EditorsD.E. Aldous, E.W. Hewett, E.G. Neumann
    PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
    Pages117-124
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9789462610392
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 26 2014

    Publication series

    NameActa Horticulturae
    Volume1051
    ISSN (Print)0567-7572
    ISSN (Electronic)2406-6168

    Keywords

    • Biomass
    • Ground coverage
    • Intensity of colour
    • Salinity
    • Shoot count
    • Succulence
    • Turfgrass

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Horticulture

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