Applied Turfgrass Physiology
This introductory-level course teaches turfgrass physiology from the basics to application
on the golf course. The course begins with an overview of turfgrass physiology,
including carbohydrate metabolism, plant water balance and plant nutrition. It then
progresses through the effects of environmental stresses, such as freezing, drought
and shade on turfgrass; then proceeds to the effects of mowing, irrigation, fertilization,
cultivation practices and use of plant growth regulators on turfgrass.
This course features interactive learning reviews that provide instant feedback
and reinforce learning. Images and illustrations are used to explain complex subject
This course contains seven chapters, each featuring a chapter outline, learning
objectives, reading materials, interactive reviews, and photos and illustrations.
There’s no need to complete the course in one sitting. You work independently and
progress to the next chapter when you’re ready.
Chapter 1: Overview of Turfgrass Physiology
Chapter 2: Physiological Responses to Environmental Stress
Chapter 3: Mowing and Applied Turfgrass Physiology
Chapter 4: Irrigation and Turfgrass Physiology
Chapter 5: Fertilization and Turfgrass Physiology
Chapter 6: Cultivation Practices and Turfgrass Physiology
Chapter 7: Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) and Turfgrass Physiology
Who should take this course: golf course superintendents, technicians, agronomy
and horticulture students, grounds managers, turf industry professionals or anyone
who works with or needs to understand turfgrass.
Jack Fry, Ph.D., Kansas State University; and Bingru Huang, Ph.D., Rutgers - The
State University of New Jersey