Christchurch International Airport has been extremely pleased with the results of AVANEX® Tall Fescue on our airfield. Right from the start some 12 years ago, Christchurch International Airport understood the benefits of the development of such a product and hence the large investment we have put into this project. With potential birdstrikes an issue for the aviation industry across the globe, using this grass and creating a less attractive and palatable environment around airports is a significant move to reducing that risk. PGG Wrightson Turf have proven to be excellent strategic partners in this ambitious development and we are excited about the realisation of long term benefits to our safe and efficient aviation operations.
Rhys Boswell, General Manager Strategy and Sustainability
Christchurch International Airport
Here at Forsyth Barr Stadium we are in a very unique grass growing situation. With the high demand of play along with low natural sunlight levels we require a grass species that suits our unique environment. We rely on a continuous over sowing programme particularly through the winter months. Avanex Colosseum’s fast germination means I can have grass germinating within days of it being sown, which is highly important with back to back events week after week.
Avanex Colosseum’s resistance to wear and recovery from any sort of play whether it be rugby, football or concerts gives me confidence that I can have close to 100% grass cover all year round. The added benefit of utilising Avanex unique endophyte technology means we no longer have to solely rely on the use of potentially harmful insecticides.
Brendan Eathorne, Stadium Manager
Forsyth Barr Stadium
AVANEX® Unique Endophyte Technology has been included in turf-type grasses, Lagertha - a turf tall fescue, and Colosseum - a turf perennial ryegrass. These endophytes can produce high quantities of alkaloids that can reduce a number of insect pests while also being a deterrent to wildlife grazing.
AVANEX® Colosseum is a medium-fine, mid-green, perennial ryegrass that is a cross between Mediterranean and American genetics. The Mediterranean genetics gives the turf active winter growth in cooler weather and rapid germination, especially in cold temperatures down to 5°C.
Lagertha, with AVANEX® Unique Endophyte Technology, is a high quality, dark and fine turf tall fescue. Lagertha retains a green colour and an attractive appearance for longer in summer due to its strong deep root system.