Are you a golf superintendent who has been affected by winter stress injury? We are seeking assistance from golf course superintendents on a research project (WinterTurf) focused on understanding winter stresses of turfgrass so that we can develop easy-to-implement solutions for turfgrass managers in cold climates. For this to be successful, we need to enlist the help of hundreds of golf courses located in cold climates throughout the world.
By Eric Watkins
Garett Heineck, currently a postdoctoral associate in the University of Minnesota turfgrass science group and recent Ph.D. graduate, was awarded the prestigious 2020 Musser Award of Excellence. This award goes to the top Ph.D. student in turfgrass science at a U.S. university.
By Nicole Mihelich
Turfgrasses are diverse species that are of interest to researchers around the world. However, turfgrasses are not as well-studied compared to major world food crops such as rice. Like many of the turfgrasses grown in the northern US, rice is a cool-season grass. Rice is a globally important crop as well as a model species for many biological phenomena of grasses, including rhizome development.
By Dominic Petrella
Foliage (trees, shrubs, etc.) and structures (buildings, fences, etc.) can shade turfgrasses either by directly being over turf areas, or by casting shadows over the turf – both leading to poor turfgrass performance. As researchers, we try to classify how light changes under these areas to better understand how turfgrasses might respond, and to be able to breed better turfgrasses for shade.