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June 25, 2020
May 15, 2020

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have two articles to share.

April 27, 2020

By Garett Heineck

In a recent blog post, my colleague Dr. Yinjie Qiu posted his article entitled “How did I become a turfgrass guy?” in response to finalizing his graduate degree. As I too prepare to leave, his message provoked personal reflection on how my own experience in turf science was also not run of the mill.

April 13, 2020

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have several articles to share.

April 6, 2020

By Yinjie Qiu

For this blog post, as the last blog post from me for a while, I would like to share my story with turfgrass starting August 2015. I have always been interested in plant science since I was a kid. Time flies and 20 years later, I still enjoy plant science and have recently completed a Ph.D. in Applied Plant Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

March 30, 2020

By Michael Laskowski

Self-incompatibility is a common characteristic found in many turfgrass species that affects how breeders design their breeding programs. Self-incompatibility is simply the inability of a plant to set seed after being pollinated by otherwise viable pollen. It can happen through various different biological pathways and is controlled by one or more genes depending on the pathway.

March 1, 2020

By Garett Heineck

Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) is an economically important amenity grass grown in many regions of the world for home lawns, sports fields, and golf courses. In fact, most turfgrass seed mixes contain at least 10% perennial ryegrass. To meet consumer demands there is a large seed production industry in northwest Minnesota that produces perennial ryegrass seed; this year approximately 50,000 acres have been planted.

January 29, 2020

Do you have an interest in sustainable turf and fine fescues?  There’s a new blog - Low Input Turf News - you might be interested in! 

April 3, 2019

by Yinjie Qiu

Turfgrass grows in a complex environment that is full of stresses. For example, in the summertime, turfgrasses may be under abiotic stresses such as heat and drought stress. Some biotic stresses, such as summer patch and dollar spot disease, can occur at the same time. Situations like this cause stress for golf course superintendents and other turf managers. Some of these problems could be solved by cultural management methods; however, these methods can be labor intensive and expensive.