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- Dr. W. W. Woodhouse examining beachgrass
- Transcribed from accompanying material: Unidentified man and beachgrass, 1969; Transcribed from accompanying press release: A superior variety of American beachgrass has been developed by the Agricultural Experiment Station at North Carolina State University. The new beachgrass, the first named variety ever developed, could aid greatly in stabilizing coastal sand dunes, NCSU scientists say. Dr. R. L. Lovvorn, director of agricultural research at NCSU, said the new variety has been named "Hatteras beachgrass." It was developed by Dr. W. W. Woodhouse Jr., a professor of soil science, and Dr. D. S. Chamblee, a professor of crop science. American beachgrass, which grows natural from Currituck Banks to New England, has been planted widely along the entire North Carolina coast in recent years in an effort to trap sand and build up coastal dunes. Efforts to find a superior strain of American beachgrass were started by NCSU scientists in 1963. The strain that finally resulted in Hatteras beachgrass has been undergoing tests on Portsmouth, Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands since 1966. Dr. Woodhouse said the new variety should be well adapted to the entire North Carolina coast. It also could be of value for other parts of the Atlantic seaboard, although it has not been tested outside the state.
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