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Turf Research

We Provide

Australian Sports Turf Consultants (ASTC) provide independent turf research with a focus on warm-season turf grasses to meet the needs of the turf industry and end user within Australia and overseas.

Confidential Studies

ASTC staff can undertake a diverse range of turf related scientific studies to suit your needs.

Plant Breeder’s Rights Trials

ASTC has Qualified Person (QP) staff to conduct your Australian Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) trial.

Turf Variety Trials

ASTC staff can conduct warm- and cool-season turf variety trials for Australian and international clients.

Pesticide Testing

ASTC are able to undertake phytotoxicity and efficacy trials on warm- and cool-season turfgrasses and weed species.

Current Research Projects

ASTC has been engaged by Cricket Australia to conduct a comparative field study at Alan Border Field in Brisbane, QLD to compare the wear tolerance and recovery, among other performance characteristics, of a newly installed SIS Grass hybrid wicket verses a natural turf wicket.

Yates New Frontier

ASTC has been appointed as Principal Turf Consultant by New Frontier Brands Pty Ltd to lead and implement an international Research and Development and Quality Control program for their (Stenotaphrum secundatum (buffalograss / St Augustinegrass) turfgrass Yates New Frontier in Australia and brand overseas. New Frontier is protected in Australia and the United States of America as ‘TBLL’.


ASTC has a Research Agreement with The University of Queensland’s (UQ) main commercialisation company UniQuest to deliver a reputable DNA testing service for the wider Australian turfgrass industry. The venture makes available DNA testing of turfgrasses through ASTC to: identify genetic variation of turfgrasses; help turf managers or venue hirers verify contamination (e.g. morphological-agronomic variation) present within their sports turf surface; and play a role within the turf certification programs here in Australia. This includes the testing of DNA certified turf, including Lawns Solutions Australia’s (LSA) ‘Sir Walter DNA Certified‘.