Florence Sessoms

New research publication from our team - 3/30/22

Learn more about our research! A new article from our group has been published in Plant Methods. This research found that layering photoselective filters results in more accurate simulations of foliar shade and offer advantages over neutral density shade cloth in research.

Petrella, D.P., Breuillin-Sessoms, F. & Watkins, E. Layering contrasting photoselective filters improves the simulation of foliar shade. Plant Methods 18, 16 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13007-022-00844-8

Wed, 03/30/2022 - 13:58


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 1/26/22

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Several members of our group including Eric Watkins, Dominic Petrella (now an assistant professor at Ohio State University), Nicole Mihelich and Florence Sessoms were featured in a video, Fescue Research at the University of Minnesota, on GCSAATV.

Watch the video below to learn more about several different fine fescue research projects we are conducting!

Wed, 01/26/2022 - 09:08


New research publication from our team - 10/26/21

Learn more about our research! A research article from our group has been published in the August 2021 issue of HortTechnology. Read about the results of examining the drought performance of locally available retail lawn seed products.

Tue, 10/26/2021 - 14:25


New research publications from our team - 10/21/21

Learn more about our research! Two research articles from our group have been published in the July/August 2021 issue of Crop Science.

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 12:55


National award for water conservation collaboration

For the past several years, we have partnered with the Metropolitan Council on the Twin Cities Lawn Irrigation Efficiency Study. Recently, the Metropolitan Council earned a national award for water conservation collaborations from the U.S.

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 14:35


Allow some browning in lawns to conserve water

In Yard and Garden News, Maggie Reiter, Extension turfgrass educator, Shane Evans, lawn water conservation educator, and Florence Breuillin-Sessoms, turfgrass scientist, have written a very timely article. If you are wondering about your brown lawn, make sure to read Allow some browning in lawns to conserve water for tips on handling this hot and dry weather.

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 13:00


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 5/20/21

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Florence Sessoms and Eric Watkins wrote an article and Extension Educator Maggie Reiter has been on WCCO's Smart Gardens!

Florence Sessoms and Eric Watkins co-authored "Turfgrass responses to prolonged heat stress" for GCM Magazine. They discuss research on the ability of 34 turfgrass cultivars and accessions to withstand extended periods of heat.

Thu, 05/20/2021 - 09:47


New to our website - more content on turfgrass seed production

Did you know that the University of Minnesota conducts research on turfgrass seed production in northern Minnesota? If you are interested in learning more, our website now has information on Seed Production Research at Magnusson Research Farm. We have annual progress reports, which contain results of turfgrass seed production research such as variety trials, winter hardiness trials and other research involving fertility and herbicides.

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 10:34