Dominic Petrella

New research publications from our team - 11/12/20

Learn more about our research! Two new research articles from our group have been published in Crop Science. Florence Sessoms and Eric Watkins have published an article on heat stress in cool season turfgrasses, and Dominic Petrella and Eric Watkins have published an article on the differences in shade responses in the fine fescues.

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:28


Sunflecks on shaded turfgrass: Good, bad, or of no consequence?

By Dominic Petrella

When we think about turfgrass shaded by trees we as researchers often focus on reductions in light intensity, reductions in the red to far-red ratio (R/FR ratio) along with other changes in spectral quality, competition for water and mineral nutrients, and alterations to temperature compared to full sun environments. However, another challenge for turfgrass plants under shade is exposure to sunflecks.

Tue, 11/03/2020 - 08:55


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media - 4/13/2020

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

Yinjie Qiu authored Molecular Breeding In Turfgrass in the March 2020 edition of Hole Notes, the official publication of the MGCSA.

Mon, 04/13/2020 - 12:29


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media - 1/7/2020

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

Dr. Chase Straw is giving two presentations at the Mid-Atlantic Turfgrass Expo.in Fredericksburg, VA on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.  The first presentation is Sensor and Mapping Technologies for Precision Irrigation on Golf Courses and the second presentation is Sports Field Performance Testing: Trends and Future Applications.

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 15:54


Turfgrass Science Team at the 2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting

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. Additionally, congratulations go to two members of our group who placed in the graduate student oral presentation contests:

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:11


Different shade, different results

By Dominic Petrella

It is a common misconception that turfgrasses respond the same to neutral and foliar shade conditions. However, this is not true, and even some of the best turfgrasses for shady areas exhibit contrasting growth under these different types of shade. Let’s define the two types of shade:

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 14:06


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media - 10/13/19

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have a video, an upcoming Minnesota legislature address and three articles.

Water Irrigation Audit - a video from the city of Woodbury, MN features Dan Sandor demonstrating how to conduct an irrigation audit on a home lawn.

Chase Straw will be addressing members of the Minnesota legislature on October 17, 2019 advocating for benefits to golf course superintendents who implement water conservation strategies.

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 22:19