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Abstract

Registration of 'MS-Pride' bermudagrass.

Abstract

Released in 1991, MS-Pride (PI584768) is a triploid (2n = 3x = 27) bermudagrass (Cynodon Ă—magenissii) derived by selecting for quality characters in 72 ecotypes collected from non-irrigated fairways of 4 golf courses in west-central Mississippi during a period of prolonged drought. When evaluated in the National Bermudagrass Test in 1986 under the experimental designation MSB10, MS-Pride displayed dark-green colour, fine leaf texture, high shoot density, good autumn and winter colour retention, and low seedhead density. In 21 evaluations that included sites in 13 states, MS-Pride ranked second in overall turfgrass quality among the 28 cultivars studied. Rate of establishment of MS-Pride is slow compared with other bermudagrasses. MS-Pride exhibited good resistance to leafspot (Bipolaris cynodontis [Cochliobolus cynodontis]) and dollar spot (Lanzia and Moellerodiscus spp.) under medium levels of disease incidence. MS-Pride must be vegetatively propagated. It is recommended for lawns, golf tees, fairways and sports fields in regions where bermudagrass is adapted for turf.