Yinjie Qiu

New research publications from our team - 9/29/20

Learn more about our research! Two new research articles from our group have been published in Crop Science.

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 10:25

All flesh is as grass: Field Day is canceled

By Eric Watkins
person on golf greens presenting research results to field day audience of 40 people

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:29

Fine fescue forensics

By Eric Watkins and Yinjie Qiu

This article was originally published on the Low Input Turf Using Fine Fescues blog.

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!”.

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 10:25

Catching up on saying goodbye

By Kristine Moncada

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 16:28

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

How did I become a turfgrass guy? My story with turfgrass science

By Yinjie Qiu

Yinjie Qiu in the greenhouse holding a planter with turfgrass

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.

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 09:07

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

Using flow cytometry for fine fescue taxa identification and determination

By Yinjie Qiu

With about 450 species, fescues (Festuca L., Poaceae) are a large and diverse genus of perennial grasses (1). Fescue species are distributed mostly in temperate zones of both the northern and southern hemispheres, but most commonly are found in the northern hemisphere (2). Several of the fescue species are commonly used as turfgrass.

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 14:26

University of Minnesota Grass Seed Field Day

By Eric Watkins

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:12

Using gene expression in turfgrass breeding

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. Breeding turfgrass species with better stress resistance could solve these problems in more economical and ecosystem-friendly ways.

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 12:45