Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV)

Turf Grass Breeding

For decades, Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) is breeding outstanding varieties for all requirements - from sports pitches and golf courses to parks and private gardens. We maintain constant programmes of investment in research and breeding progress. In this way we put our motto “ Innovation for your growth” into practice. DSV is the Number 1 breeder of turf grasses in Germany and as a supplier on the international markets we play in the Premier League. Our premium varieties head the lists of all significant turf trials in Europe. They are ideal components in turf mixtures for a variety of purposes.

Our breeders focus on a number of different characteristics such as:

• Visual merit • Tolerance to close mowing
• Wear tolerance • Colour
• Recovery after wear • Slow regrowth
• Shoot density • Disease resistance
• Fineness of leaf • Location and climate factors
• Persistency  

Leading in breeding – A story of success

Example perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne)
There is an average annual success in breeding of more than 1.4 %, that means almost 30 % during the last 20 years. One third of the TOP 20 of the official UK turf grass list (table S1, perennial ryegrass for Sports Uses, BSPB Turfgrass booklet) are DSV varieties. Based on the British results, EURODIAMOND is currently the best variety in Europe for sports uses.

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