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Why Astria? Why Now?
For over 65 years, Aquatrols has earned a reputation for reliable, innovative solutions, and Astria is no exception. This unique formulation will meet or exceed the performance of conventional soil surfactants. End-users can rest assured that Astria will deliver superior soil moisture while reducing fossil fuel consumption, synthetic inputs, and landfill inundation.
We envision a world where our soil amendments safeguard natural resources without sacrificing turf health. To these ends, Aquatrols is committed to pioneering environmentally sound solutions to help forge a flourishing future for our green spaces.
KEY BENEFITS OF ASTRIA
To determine if Astria performs as well as an industry standard soil surfactant (Zipline), in comparison to an untreated control. This field experiment included a period of drying conditions/abiotic stress which is known to initiate soil water repellency. Zipline was chosen as a competitive industry standard because, like Astria, it contains two surfactants and a plant health component.
Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) Redlands research facility, Queensland Australia on an established Tif-Eagle Bermudagrass(Cynodon dactylon vs transvaalensis) green, managed as fine turf, and established at USGA specification rootzone. Replicated field trials for 60 days.
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia on creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) to determine the production of drought
defensive enzymes (superoxide dismutase/SOD) under drought stress. Replicated lab trials for 90 days.
Turf Color: Zipline and Astria exhibited better turf color than the untreated control
Turf Quality: Zipline exhibited the best quality, followed by Astria and the untreated control
Sward Density: Zipline and Astria exhibited better sward density than the untreated control
SOD Production: Zipline and Astria exhibited enhanced SOD production and turf recovery following drought stress
Figure 1. STRI field trial visual comparison between Astria, Zipline and Untreated Control after 60 days.
* means followed by the same letter are not significantly different, ANOVA (p < 0.005), LSD means separation (α = 0.05)
Foliar application of ASTRIA every 14 days for 60 days (including during a dry down period) resulted in:
overall greener phenotype
enhanced quality which includes texture, smoothness and uniformity
improved turf density/number of shoots per unit area
increased leaf SOD activity and improved recovery during and following drought stress