Genetic engineering of creeping bentgrass has the potential to provide alternative pest management approaches for golf courses. Bentgrass transformation is very efficient so transgenic plants can readily be produced for evaluation of promising genes. The effectiveness of genetically engineered herbicide resistance in creeping bentgrass has been demonstrated in multiple field tests. This trait is now ready to be incorporated into a commercial cultivar. This would allow the substitution of a nonselective herbicide with low environmental impact for herbicides with greater soil longevity and higher chance to contaminate groundwater. Transgenic bentgrass plants containing several potential disease resistance genes are currently being field tested. If any of these genes proves effective this would result in a reduction in the fungicide use required to maintain bentgrass.
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