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October 2017 Spotlighted Inventors –Brian Schwartz & Wayne Hanna

Associate professor Brian Schwartz and professor Wayne Hanna are UGA turfgrass breeders at the Tifton campus.

Associate professor Brian Schwartz and professor Wayne Hanna are UGA turfgrass breeders at the Tifton campus. Their newest release, TifTuf® bermudagrass, is the new industry standard for drought and wear resistance. Water conservation is an important consideration today, and TifTuf® uses 30-40% less water than most bermudagrass cultivars while maintaining better turf quality. Forty-five companies are producing TifTuf® for sale-as far west as Hawaii and California, throughout the southern U.S. and as far north as Maryland-and sales are drastically increasing.