Grass expert, Barenbrug UK, has launched a grass seed that manages its own moisture content, greatly increasing germination and establishment rates – especially in tough, dry environments.
The patented technology in Barenbrug Yellow Jacket Water Manager, is the result of research between Barenbrug and Aquatrols and has been independently tested by the STRI.
It works like this:
1. When the seed is exposed to water, the Water Manager technology spreads into the soil creating a plant survival zone.
2. This zone ensures that each seed has enough water to germinate, then manages the moisture content around the seeding during its establishment.
3. As a result seedlings are less affected by abiotic stress and more plants survive.
Open Championship venue calls it “something out of sci-fi”
Craig Boath from Carnoustie Championship course, home to the Open Championship in 2018, says, “Barenbrug Yellow Jacket Water Manager has taken the sting out of overwatering landing areas on the fairways and par 3 tees. It is clear it does not require as much water for germination due to the coating, which seems to hold on to moisture and trigger a quicker germination”.
Dr David Greenshields, Research and Development Manager at Barenbrug says:
“Barenbrug Yellow Jacket Water Manager delivers improved germination and seedling survival in the toughest environments. STRI trials also show that half the number of seeds have delivered twice the establishment. Overall, this product offers a significant development in turf science and a potential game-changer for turf managers in tricky environments, or for those looking to reduce water costs.”