Turfgrass Rundown – NTEP-DB 1.0: A Relational Database for the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program

As one of the most widely known turfgrass research programs in the world, NTEP has generated large volumes of data on turfgrass cultivars and experimental germplasm since the early 1980s, providing invaluable information for a variety of user groups to select cultivars that best fit their needs. The datasets have historically been stored in large sets of text files and spreadsheets. Currently, NTEP data are delivered to users through a website (www.ntep.org) as summary reports and it can be extremely tedious to perform a simple query. This significantly limits the use of NTEP data and hides its value from the public. To address these limitations, we carried out an interdisciplinary effort with horticulture and computer science researchers to design and create the first NTEP database – NTEP-DB 1.0 – to reduce the manual efforts and expert knowledge currently required to extract meaningful information from the data.

Read the full article here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/its2.76

Access the NTEP Turfgrass Trial Explorer v1.0 here: https://www.ntep.org/database.htm