COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The newest crop at a University of Missouri research farm is a man-made product more commonly found in sports stadiums than the state's rural reaches.
South Farm scientists are studying five brands of artificial sports turf to better understand the synthetic material's density and heat-absorbing properties.
They also want to find out if infectious bacteria can survive if not thrive amid the fake blades of grass. A growing number of high schools in Missouri and elsewhere are converting their sports fields to artificial surfaces.
The turf samples and other material were donated to the university by manufacturers and distributors.