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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Agrostology is the branch of botany relating to grasses (Poaceae). In this subject, students will build on the concepts previously taught in Turf Management and a sound basis in agrostology for Turf Managers. Key areas taught include grass taxonomy, morphology, identification, basic physiology, genetics and breeding systems, establishment methods, growth habit, performance as a turf species or control as weed species. This subject will underpin later learning in plant physiology, water use and pest control. This subject will allow students to combine theory with practice via field trips and laboratory exercises on grass morphology and systematics, the collection and identification of grasses, and the evaluation of key specific characteristics such as water use rate, herbicide tolerance, growth habit, density, texture and overall turf quality.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites AGR1TM1 and must be admitted into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Turfgrass: Science and Culture

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorBeard, J.B.



PublisherPrentice-Hall, NJ


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Collect, prepare and identify to genus level a range of turf species
02. Explain the breeding mechanism and plant breeding techniques used for the ten major turfgrass species
03. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of photosynthetic types in turfgrass applications
04. Explain the origin and key morphological and physiological features of each sub-tribe and tribe selected grass species and their sub-families
05. Select a turfgrass species and plan its establishment for any particular location and end-use

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