Plant breeders and seed farmers make sure we don't run out of grass. Turf grass is a fundamental partner when 22 players are chasing their ultimate goals
Some say watching a high-end soccer match is watching 22 millionaires ruining a perfect grass pitch. For many others, it is what they have been eagerly waiting for, for a long time, and in the case of Euro 2020, for five years.
From 11 June to 11 July 2021, the Euro 2020 soccer tournament will —finally — take
place, this time not in one but in 11 European countries. As all eyes will be on the ball, rolling on perfectly kept grass pitches, it is a great opportunity to dive into the challenges of breeding the best grass varieties for sports matches.
The magazine European Seed asked several sports grass experts about their goals and challenges towards breeding ever better grass varieties that can withstand the wear and tear of highly combative players.
In the article, Anne Mette Dahl Jensen, Product Development Manager Turf grass at DLF, points out some of the most important breeding goals in the struggle to offer the best grass solutions to stadiums and sod producers.