Informacion economica sobre Cuba

Mon., August 6, 2012 9:05am (EDT)

Georgia Partners With Cuba

By Josephine Bennett

MACON, Ga. —

Georgia-bred grass could soon blanket golf courses in Cuba. Researchers

at the University of Georgia are working with their counterparts in the

island nation to make that happen.

UGA scientists visited a start-up research program at the University of

Matanzas in Cuba. Researchers there are trying to develop grasses that

will thrive on 20 Cuban golf courses to be built over the next decade.

UGA Turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz says testing Georgia grass in Cuba

and collaborating with scientists there could benefit their research as

well with Cuba's 12-month growing season. But political differences pose

challenges.

"The hurdles on this being able to transfer plant material are going to

be high hurdles to get over, but we would like to be involved as Cuba

continues to change and evolve and then who knows, hopefully one day

relations will change between our governments and we want to be right

there on the ground floor."

UGA's Turfgrass research program is over 50 years old. The industry

contributes $7.8 billion a year to Georgia's economy.

http://www.gpb.org/news/2012/08/06/georgia-partners-with-cuba


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