Yinjie Qiu

June 24, 2020

By Eric Watkins

The mortality of mankind, along with University restrictions, have together brought us to the decision to cancel the every-other-year University of Minnesota Turf and Grounds Field Day that was to be held in August. This is the first time we will have not hosted a field day since the halcyon days of 2019.

May 29, 2020

By Eric Watkins and Yinjie Qiu

Fine fescue research has progressed rapidly in recent years, spurred by greater interest in low-input turf and the availability of funding for improving these grasses. While giving talks to various groups about lawn grasses for Minnesota, we often follow the introduction of fine fescues with a refrain similar to “they all look very similar”: translation “don’t ask me how to tell the fine fescues apart!”.

May 11, 2020

By Kristine Moncada

As regular readers of our blog may have noticed, we recently started a new feature where members of our group who leave write farewell blog posts. Well, in the past year, we had several other members of our team leave, yet we weren't able to bid adieu in blog form.

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.

December 4, 2019

The Turfgrass Science team from the University of Minnesota was well-represented at this year’s ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting held on November 10-13, 2019 in San Antonio, TX.  Seven people gave oral presentations and five people presented posters.

October 9, 2019

By Yinjie Qiu

With about 450 species, fescues (Festuca L., Poaceae) are a large and diverse genus of perennial grasses. Based on various features, fine fescues are currently divided into two groups referred to as the F. rubra complex and the F. ovina complex.  While it is relatively easy to identify fine fescue species into their proper complex, it is challenging to differentiate species within the same complex.

August 22, 2019

By Eric Watkins

My grandfather was born in 1922 near Warroad, Minnesota on a farm his father had settled shortly before. As a turfgrass researcher, I am also a regular visitor to Roseau County, Minnesota, the same county where my grandfather was born. The cold, unforgiving winters combine with just the right amount of daylight and rainfall during the summer to provide an excellent environment in which turfgrass seed can be produced, and grass seed fields now cover vast acreages near Roseau and Warroad.

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.

October 10, 2018

by Yinjie Qiu

Fine fescues are often planted in mixtures, rather than as a single species, because the different species have complementary characteristics that work together to form a good quality turf stand. Yet when fine fescues are planted in mixtures, it is difficult to establish final community composition because the species are so similar morphologically. We are working on a technique to quickly determine fine fescue mixture species composition, which will benefit turfgrass researchers across the country.