Cultivation and breeding of ornamental plants adapted for use on green roofs

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Cultivation and breeding of ornamental plants adapted for use on green roofs

Stella Aurea Cristiane Gomes da Silva is a PhD student at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE), Brazil, focusing on genetic breeding of plants in the Department of Agronomy. For her doctorate (2015-2019), she is focusing on cultivation and breeding of ornamental plants adapted for use on green roofs. She is also doing a mixed doctorate, which includes studying for 11 months at the University of Bologna, Italy. Her goal is to improve knowledge in the area of genetic breeding, in order to cooperate significantly in the agricultural sector (farm, floriculture and research). The paper “Establishment phase characteristics of Brazilian native grasses for use in turfgrass” of S.Á.C. Gomes da Silva et al. (2018) aimed to evaluate the establishment phase of Brazilian native accessions of Axonopus parodii, Paspalum lepton and P. notatum for use as ornamental turfgrass. The genus Paspalum has great potential for use in turfgrass and vegetation coverage. Preliminary results demonstrated that accessions of Axonopus parodii, Paspalum lepton and P. notatum, which are species native from Brazil, demonstrated attributes desirable for further turfgrass selection and breeding. The paper “Selection of Axonopus and Paspalum accessions based on vegetative propagules tolerance to low temperature storage” of A.G. dos Santos et al. (2018) aimed to evaluate the tolerance to low temperature storage of vegetative propagules of Axonopus parodii, Paspalum lepton and P. notatum for turfgrass establishment. The propagules were stored in a cold chamber at 6.5°C and 85% RH, according to the treatments: zero storage days (0 SD), which served as the control; and consecutively 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 SD. The results showed that vegetative propagules of Axonopus parodii and Paspalum accessions were tolerant to storage of up to 10 days at 6.5°C and maintained high survival rate, soil coverage rate and number of tillers produced.

Stella Aurea Cristiane Gomes da Silva won an ISHS Young Minds Award for the best poster presentation at the IV International Conference on Turfgrass Management and Science for Sports Fields: Bridging the Needs and Research on Turfgrass at the Age of Climate Change at IHC2018 in Turkey in August 2018.

Stella Aurea Cristiane Gomes da Silva, Laboratory of Floriculture, Department of Agronomy, Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE), Av. Dom Manoel de Medeiros, CEP 52171-900, Recife – PE, Brazil, e-mail: stella.agron@yahoo.com.br

The article is available in Chronica Horticulturae

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green roofs
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Young Minds Award Winners