Garett Heineck wins the 2020 Musser Award of Excellence

February 17, 2020

by Eric Watkins

Garett kneeling in turfgrass plant nursery

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. In addition to the recognition that this award brings, the recipient receives a substantial cash prize. You can read more about H.B. Musser (renowned turfgrass breeder at Penn State who developed Penncross creeping bentgrass) at the Musser Foundation website and learn more about Garett’s recognition in this article posted at Golf Course Industry.

If you would like to read more about the research that Garett has done at the University of Minnesota, we have provided links to his currently published research papers below.

Congratulations, Garett!


Heineck, G.C., I.C. McNish, J.M. Jungers, E. Gilbert, and E. Watkins. 2019. Using R-based image analysis to quantify rusts on perennial ryegrass. The Plant Phenome Journal 2: doi:10.2135/tppj2018.12.0010.

Heineck, G.C., Bauer, S.J., Cavanaugh, M., Hollman, A., Watkins, E., and B.P. Horgan. 2019. Variability in creeping bentgrass cultivar germinability as influenced by cold temperatures. Crop, Forage and Turfgrass Management. doi:10.2134/cftm2018.07.0054.

Heineck, G.C., E. Watkins, and N.J. Ehlke. 2018. The fungal endophyte Epichloë festucae var. lolii does not improve the freezing tolerance of perennial ryegrass. Crop Science. 58:1788-1800. doi:10.2135/cropsci2017.12.0731

Heineck, G., E. Watkins and N.J. Ehlke.  2018. Exploring alternative management options for multiyear perennial ryegrass seed production in northern Minnesota.  Crop Science.  58(1):426-434. doi:10.2135/cropsci2017.03.0136.