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GCSAA funds $140,000 for new turfgrass research in 2020

by Apr 14, 2020 | Kate Hiebert

GCSAA funds $140,000 for new turfgrass research in 2020

Lawrence, Kan. (April 14, 2020) – Research grants from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) are supporting six new research projects this year at universities across the country. Two new O.J. Noer projects, three Chapter Cooperative Grant projects and one Dr. Michael Hurdzan Endowment project were funded. The projects, which were selected by a committee that included two members of the GCSAA board of directors, superintendents, university researchers and professional scientists, will receive a total of $140,000 from a block grant to GCSAA by the Environmental Institute for Golf, GCSAA’s philanthropic organization. The new research projects are:

· Optimizing Fungicide Programming for Dollar Spot Control in Bentgrass Fairways; James A. Murphy Ph.D., Rutgers University. Co-funded by the GCSA of New Jersey Foundation and the New Jersey Turfgrass Foundation.

· Development of Solutions for Goosegrass Herbicide Resistance and Dwarfism in Golf Course Putting Greens; Scott McElroy Ph.D., Auburn University. Co-funded by the Alabama GCSA and Alabama Turf Research Foundation.

· Long-Term Effects of Topdressing and Cultivation Practices on an Annual Bluegrass Putting Green; Alec Kowalewski, Ph.D., Oregon State University. Co-funded by the Oregon GCSA and Northern California GCSA.

· Developing Minimum Levels for Sustainable Nutrition (MLSN) for New England Golf Course Soils; Karl Guillard, Ph.D., University of Connecticut. Funded through the EIFG’s Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan Endowment, which supports environmental research on golf courses.

· Microbial communities associated with dollar spot-suppressive soils on golf courses; Paul Koch, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin. Funded through the EIFG’s O.J. Noer Research Grant. Co-funded by the Wisconsin GCSA.

· Long-term suppression of turfgrass insect pests with native persistent entomopathogenic nematodes; Albrecht M. Koppenhöfer, Ph.D., Rutgers University. Funded through the EIFG’s O.J. Noer Research Grant.