Did you know plant sciences support EURO2020?
Not just your national team, but also the turf in football stadiums is carefully selected to improve the quality of play.
Plant breeders develop better grass varieties with characteristics such as: ‘wear tolerance’, density, rapid regeneration, and adaptation to various climatic conditions. For example, wear tolerance is tested by simulating 22 pairs of footballers’ boots . Disease tolerance is also an important trait, as damp and shadow in stadiums could stimulate fungal diseases.
Modern turf management systems, combined with carefully selected varieties, mobile growth lights and skilled care by groundsmen and women combine to achieve optimal playing surfaces regardless of weather conditions.