An investigation of trait prioritization in turfgrass breeding programs

Chengyan Yue, Jingjing Wang, Eric Watkins, Stacy A. Bonos, Kristen C. Nelson, James A. Murphy, William A. Meyer, Brian P. Horgan

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The development and evaluation of new turfgrass cultivars require considerable resources. A systematic understanding of the breeders’ and distributors’ trait selection behavior can provide a basis for making adjustments and improvements based on industry needs and thus accelerate the breeding process and make it more efficient. The objective of this study is to investigate the selection priorities for turfgrass traits and identify the most influential factors affecting turfgrass breeders’ and distributors’ likelihood of selecting turfgrass traits. Results show that the most important trait clusters for both breeders and distributors were abiotic stress resistance and growth characteristics. Breeders were more likely than distributors to select appearance traits when setting trait priorities. Program characteristics such as program size, education level, and being a male respondent had positive effects on the reported likelihood of selecting studied turfgrass traits, and these effects varied for different trait clusters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1544-1549
Number of pages6
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Received for publication 13 Apr. 2017. Accepted for publication 22 June 2017. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Specialty Crops Research Initiative under award number 2012-51181-19932. 1Professor. 2Bachman Endowed Chair in Horticultural Marketing. 3Graduate student. 4Associate professor. 5Corresponding author. E-mail:

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, American Society for Horticultural Science. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2017 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Abiotic resistance trait
  • Appearance trait
  • Growth characteristics
  • Trait priority

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