Nicole Mihelich

Common leaf development patterns in plants can help improve turfgrasses

By Nicole Mihelich

Turfgrasses are diverse species that are of interest to researchers and consumers around the world. However, there has not been as much research conducted on turfgrasses compared to extensively studied model species and major world food crops. Investigating the developmental similarities between well-researched plants and turfgrasses can help translate insights to understand and improve turf.

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 08:24

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

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

Assessing fine fescue traits for the development of sustainable sod

By Nicole Mihelich

Here at the University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science Program, one of our areas of research is developing low-input turfgrasses that can better suit the consumer and the environment with less need for water, fertilizer, mowing, and other inputs. Fine fescue turfgrass species have been shown to perform well under these low-input conditions. Fine fescues are often found in commercial seed mixtures, and their availability continues to rise. However, there is little to no availability of fine fescue sod despite high demand from consumers.

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:47


Faculty and Extension

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 12:18