Mississippi State University launches Celebration of Hybrid Bermudagrass

Mississippi State University launches Celebration of Hybrid Bermudagrass

Mississippi State University and Sod Solutions celebrated the launch of a new bermudagrass: Celebration Hybrid. The new grass is co-presented by Jay McCurdy, associate professor of plant and soil sciences at Michigan State University; Jim Mitchell, MSU Office of Technology Management Licensing Assistant; Scott Willard, director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station; and Wayne Feeley, a retired research associate at Michigan State University and Celebration Hybrid grass breeder. Sod Solutions representatives include Toby Wagner, President; Roberto Gurgel, Executive Director of Research; Christian Broxall, Chief Operating Officer; and Mark Kahn, Florida Regional Director.

The Mississippi State University Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station officially launched Celebration Hybrid™ Bermudagrass (experimental name MSB 1017) at the 2022 Turfgrass Research Field Day on September 22, 2022, held in Starkville, Mississippi.

The new variety is the first release from the “Celebration The goal of the program was to capture all of the top characteristics of Celebration while developing new lines with better cold tolerance, finer texture, lower seed heads and less straw. The Celebration

“I first evaluated Celebration Bermudagrass while visiting Australia in the late 1990s,” said Toby Wagner, president of Sod Solutions. “Since then, Celebration has proven itself time and time again as a beautiful, aggressive, drought-tolerant grass. We are excited to launch the next strains of Celebration, with Celebration Hybrid being the first official release of Celebration Research and Development of These New Varieties Congratulations to former Michigan State University breeder Wayne Feeley and everyone involved in the launch of this new grass.

Celebration's ability to shade well, resist drought, and tolerate shade better than other bermudagrass has made it one of the best choices for homes, sports, golf, commercial areas and parks.

Feeley led the research and evaluation for this project and believes Celebration Hybrid is the appropriate name for MSB-1017. “It may also be viewed as a 'polished' Celebration. I hope that turf managers and turf producers who like Celebration will like Celebration Hybrid as well. Improvements in finer leaf texture and fewer seed heads may allow it to be more attractive than Celebration in some applications.”

Feeley, a former research associate in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, considers Celebration to be a distinct and unique variety of bermudagrass, and as a turfgrass evaluator and breeder, he has been monitoring turfgrass performance on university research plots as well as turfgrass production fields. Since its release more than 20 years ago.

“Celebration quickly establishes to form a high-density, full-canopy turf over a range of mowing heights. Grass producers are pleased with its good grass-yielding ability and consistent tensile strength. From a breeding standpoint, I have become more interested in celebration due to its taxonomy and genetics (Cynodon dactylon),” said Feeley. This means that Celebration is a tetraploid plant with 36 chromosomes.”

“This also means that the celebration may be a fertile plant that can be used as a parent in a breeding program. Most of the bermudagrass varieties that are vegetatively propagated and marketed as grass are triploid (27 chromosomes). These triploid bermudagrasses are sterile and cannot be used in Traditional breeding program.

Feeley explained that their goal is to reduce the number of seed heads in the ceremony, which are undesirable and disrupt the uniformity of the turf surface. Celebration's leaf texture is also coarser (broader) than some more widely used varieties. Celebration Hybrid (MSB-1017) is a triploid, sterile, fine-leafed Bermudagrass.

“We hope that the performance of the Celebration Hybrid will be an improvement in some respects over the original Celebration from seed (mother plant). Celebration Hybrid resulted from an interspecies hybridization between Celebration and selected African bermudagrass (Cynodon transvaalensis),” explained Feeley.

Celebration Hybrid was tested in three separate variety trials at Michigan State University against 83 sister or related plants including Celebration. The Celebration Hybrid was rated at or near first in all three trials for each of several performance attributes evaluated.

From these three MSU trials, five Celebration This is a five-year experiment being conducted at universities across the United States. Experimental varieties are evaluated alongside commercial varieties. The 2020 and 2021 progress reports ranked MSB-1017 at or near the top for fine leaf texture each year when averaged across all sites reporting this trait. Likewise, these progress reports revealed that MSB-1017 appears to produce very few seed heads compared to all other cultivars when averaged across sites in both years.

“The Celebration One can be sure of the outcome. God is in control. “I hope we can get improved traits in the Celebration Hybrid without losing any of the good traits in the Celebration. Many attractive and diverse genotypes have resulted from this breeding project,” Fili said. A lot of effort has gone into evaluating them. I am confident that Celebration Hybrid is one of the best products in the entire range and I hope it will be utilized by the turf industry throughout its adaptation zone.

Celebration Hybrid has been planted at several real-world test applications throughout the Southeast, including three Florida golf courses: Country Club of Florida in Boyton Beach, Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples, and On Top of the World GC in Ocala. Many grass farms trial the grass before releasing it. Star Farms in Sebring, Florida, grew Celebration Hybrid Plugs on 10,000 square feet. foot. Plots in June 2021 before expanding by 3 acres in June 2022. Quality Turf in Avon Park, Florida, planted Celebration Hybrid branches as a foundation block in May 2022 on 3/4 of an acre.

Superior Turf Farms and Pike Creek Turf are located in Georgia; Billy Mayfield Farms and Morph Turf Farms in Texas and Inman Sod in North Carolina also have trial lots of Celebration Hybrid.

Celebration Hybrid is the initial version of Celebration X and more will be released next year. Celebration Hybrid will be licensed exclusively through Sod Solutions for production and commercial marketing.

Celebration Hybrid will have limited commercial availability by late summer 2024. Any Sod grower who has questions about this variety and is interested in plant stock can email Christian Brouqsualt at Christian@SodSolutions.com.

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