Turf Certification

Turf Inspections

ASTC provides independent inspections and reporting of turf farms, sports fields and commercial installations as part of Quality Control work for clients. This may include, but not limited to, turf certification, turf quality and suitability reporting, inspections for contamination, weed, pests and diseases, DNA and supplementary analytical testing.

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Turfgrass Rating

The Turfgrass Certification “Turf Rating” (0.6 to 5 stars) is based on the following information and criteria:

Warm-Season Grass Experts

ASTC staff are specialists in the identification and management of the following warm-season turfgrass species:

Recent inspections have been conducted by ASTC for:

Companies who utilise ASTC's inspection service

Turf breeders or production companies who are utilising the services of ASTC to assist with Quality Control include:

ASTC undertakes Independent checks for

Contamination in Turfgrass

In recent years numerous discussions have taken place between turf farm owners, breeders, consumers and/or IP Australia (who administrate Australia’s intellectual property (IP) rights system, including Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR)) regarding turfgrass contamination. ASTC Director Matt Roche asked the [now former] Chief of Plant Breeder’s Rights Mr Doug Waterhouse the following question regarding quality control and contamination within PBR protected turf varieties.

Question. “If contamination is found within a PBR turf variety growing on farm, is this considered unacceptable and can the turf farm or breeder be in breach of the PBR Act [Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994]?”

Answer. “There are many elements to this question, not all of which are PBR; for example, the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (formerly known as the Trade Practices Act 1974) adequately deals with mendacious variety declarations. Thus if a grantee sells turf as one variety when it is actually another, recourse is through normal competition law.  Accordingly both seller and buyer should establish the purity of the material on offer.

In addition, PBR accepts that varieties have some “contamination” usually by way of “off types”. This is the “uniformity” standard of which you are aware. There is also the “stability” standard, though for asexually reproduced varieties, this is of lesser importance.

In relation to uniformity, there comes a time when the material is so un-uniform that it no longer complies with the variety’s description – and therefore is arguably not the variety anymore.  Obviously this does not apply to (deliberate) admixtures which fall within competition law as outlined above.  Grantees are responsible to ensure that their varieties remain true to their description when grown in the relevant environment” (D Waterhouse 2013, pers. comm., 12 September).

Of significant note is Mr Waterhouse’s comment in relation to “Accordingly both seller and buyer should establish the purity of the material on offer.” This should be in the form of independent turfgrass inspections and turf certification.