Bolster Turf's Ability to use Natural Defenses Against Stress

Erik Ervin, Ph.D.

Healthy turfgrass –- especially healthy greens -– stays healthier longer. Research is showing you can use turf’s own defenses to battle stress. We will review the basics of plant growth and stress on immune responses, touching on the subjects of photosynthesis, light stress, antioxidants, hormones, amino acids, proteins, nutrition and water relations. In this 90-minute webcast, Erik Ervin, Ph.D., shares research concerning plant health products aimed at boosting turf’s natural defenses against summer stress, including products containing active ingredients such as pigments, phosphites, PGRs, seaweed extract, humics, amino acids, strobilurins, sunscreen, surfactants and acibenzolar.

Original presentation date: Jan. 10, 2013

About the instructor

Erik Ervin, Ph.D.Erik Ervin, Ph.D., is a professor of crop and soil environmental sciences at Virginia Tech. He earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and his master's degree and doctorate from Colorado State University. Ervin’s research focuses on turfgrass adaptations to stresses such as heat, cold and drought, as well as cultural practices to manage stress, including biostimulants and PGRs. Ervin’s service to the turfgrass industry includes being the academic adviser for the Virginia Turf Council and Turf Foundation, president of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty Association, and elected chair for the Division C-5 of the Crop Science Society of America. He has been a GCSAA faculty member since 2009.


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