Oklahoma State University is known for its accredited academics, talented athletes, and now, turfgrass.
Researchers in Stillwater have created multiple varieties of turfgrass that have been used for the Kentucky Derby, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the greens at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, where the world’s best golfers are competing in the 2022 PGA Championship.
However, researchers at OSU are ready to release two new varieties of turfgrass. OKC1876 and OKC3920 is expected to be available to purchase in 2023. The next steps include licensing and distribution.
“This is a team effort,” Dr. Yanqi Wu said. “When these people are all put together, they have a much larger pool of skill sets to be able to build a new product. Without each individual on this team, we would not have the ability to put out these strong turfgrass varieties.”
Dr. Wu is a professor of plant and soil sciences at OSU.
“We are proud of our turfgrass team at OSU. The impact, value and reach that the varieties have had from Dr. Wu’s program have been staggering,” said Scott Senseman, associate vice president of ag research. “The commitment to enhancing turfgrass performance through research has never been more on display than through the releases of these two new varieties.”