Genetic Fingerprinting of St. Augustinegrass

Genetic Fingerprinting for St. Augustinegrass

By Jamie Buhlman

Genetic Sequencing is helpful for differentiating known turf cultivars, and as we build the database of samples, will be helpful for developing a template for identifying older cultivars.

Read more about the process here:  Genetic Fingerprinting of St. Augustinegrass Using Simple Sequence Repeats (SSRs)


Jamie Buhlman is currently pursuing an M.S. in Agronomy at the University of Florida while working as an Agricultural Scientist in the UF turfgrass breeding program under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Kenworthy. For the past two years, her focus has been genetic identification of ‘Floratam’ and ‘Bitterblue’ St. Augustinegrass and evaluation of samples for Lethal Viral Necrosis in St. Augustinegrass.