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sustainable and meeting the needs of their fast-growing tourism industry,” Waltz said. “Tey want to build resorts and resort-style golf courses, and the grasses they are currently using will have difficulty meeting those needs.”


Te Cuban Ministry of Tourism hopes to build 15 to 20 golf courses in Cuba over the next five to ten years, Waltz said. UGA researchers are exploring ways of introducing experimental grasses into Cuba. A cooperative research pro- gram aids UGA scientists through evaluation of newly developed grasses under various growing conditions and helps the Cuban scientists find turfgrasses best suited for their country’s soils and climate.


“I would hope shipping to Cuba would give UGA greater exposure in the international market,” Allen said. “Getting in on the ground floor of this venture will help Georgia producers play a large role in providing grasses for Cuba’s needs.”


Hernandez, Allen, and Waltz harvest sod.


“I would like to thank our hosts Scott Griffin, Tenia Workman, Kenny Pauley, Terry Hollifield, Blake Fleeman, Kasey Kauff, Chris Nelson, Ed Mangan, Ralph Kepple, and Jaimie Allen for their time and hospitality,” said Waltz. “You all showed Dr. Hernandez some of the best Georgia has to offer.”


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