Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > An investigation into the principle modes of ac...

Electronic data

  • 1Technical_Article_Tom_Martin_Final_corrections_v2

    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Martin, T., Rothwell, S., &Stevens, C. (2022). An investigation into the principal modes of action of surfactants and how a novel formulation may improve turfgrass quality by increasing the dominance of Agrostiss pp. in golfgreens. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal,14,1010–1015 doi: 10.1002/its2.126 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/its2.126 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

    Accepted author manuscript, 403 KB, PDF document

    Embargo ends: 27/04/23

    Available under license: CC BY-NC: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Links

Text available via DOI:

View graph of relations

An investigation into the principle modes of action of surfactants and how a novel formulation may improve turfgrass quality by increasing the dominance of Agrostis spp. in golf greens

Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/06/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>International Turfgrass Society Research Journal
Issue number1
Volume14
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)1010-1015
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date27/04/22
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The aim of this study was to establish the mechanisms underpinning the observations made in a field trial that suggested that a novel surfactant treatment could promote bentgrasses (Agrostis spp.) in golf greens that contain annual meadow grass (Poa annua L.). Assessments of the effects of three surfactant treatments (named Treatments 1, 2, and 3) on shoot height, biomass accumulation, rhizosheath properties, soil water distribution, and rooting characteristics were made over the course of two experiments carried out under controlled conditions. We found that the leaf extension rate was significantly affected in the two grass species to different extents, depending on the surfactant used. This finding could have positive implications for turf quality in the field for a newly developed formulation (Treatment 3), which was observed to be the case in the field trial that pre-dated this study. The same treatment also resulted in significant differences in the grasses in terms of rhizosheath size compared with untreated soil. We found that surfactants affected the distribution of water in the soil by increasing the rhizosheath water content to bulk soil water content ratio, potentially maximizing water and nutrient uptake by the roots. The combination of effects observed with use of the novel surfactant treatment may lead to improved water use efficiency and a more desirable sward composition for golf greens.

Bibliographic note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Martin, T., Rothwell, S., &Stevens, C. (2022). An investigation into the principal modes of action of surfactants and how a novel formulation may improve turfgrass quality by increasing the dominance of Agrostiss pp. in golfgreens. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal,14,1010–1015 doi: 10.1002/its2.126 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/its2.126 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.