New books will increase knowledge about grasses across the state

Dr. Bob Shaw would like to see more people out picking grass. Not just any ol’ grass, but new species that haven’t been documented in a particular county of Texas.

A small plot of tef grass was found behind Red Lobster in downtown College Station. It is a new county record for Brazos County, the most collected county in Texas with 283 grass species reported, according to Dr. Bob Shaw, Texas A&M University ecosystem science and management professor. (Photo by Dr. Bob Shaw)

Shaw, a Texas A&M University ecosystem science and management professor, has added about 200 new grass species to a book first written by Dr. Frank Gould in 1975. Shaw’s “Guide to Texas Grasses,” written with the help of a team at the Texas A&M University Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, was recently released and is available in flexible binding form.

Gould’s version of the book, “Grasses of Texas,” listed 523 species of grass. The new version, funded through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, expands that number to 723, including ornamentals, Shaw said.

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