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Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) Sod Rooting as Influenced by Preemergence Herbicides

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 June 2017

Frederick M. Fishel
Dep. Plant Pathol. Weed Sci., Miss. State Univ., Mississippi State, MS 39762
G. Euel Coats
Dep. Plant Pathol. Weed Sci., Miss. State Univ., Mississippi State, MS 39762


The influence of PRE herbicides on rooting characteristics of bermudagrass turfgrass was studied using sod plugs removed from the field. Greenhouse root fresh weight was reduced the greatest with dithiopyr or prodiamine. Pendimethalin caused fewer fresh weight reductions compared to dithiopyr or prodiamine and these reductions were usually for a short period. Root weight loss was due to lower root density and root malformation. Significant numbers of malformed roots were also observed for greater periods of time where dithiopyr or prodiamine had been applied.

Copyright © 1994 by the Weed Science Society of America 

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