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April 2013

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OTRF 2013 Sponsored Research – $150,000

With the OTRF’s active fundraising campaign, we are able to support exciting new advances in turfgrass management. Successful fundraising through industry partners and funding agencies has produced $150,000 in research grants. These funds are awarded to researchers studying everything from various turfgrass cultivars to the biological control of diseases. This year, there are several meaningful projects being funded by the OTRF, including:

  • Safe & effective acidification of calcareous sand putting green root zones underlying Penn -A series creeping bentgrass – Dr. M.Schlossberg Penn State
  • Biological control of dollar spot disease in creeping bentgrass using beneficial microbes -Dr. Manish Raizada, University of Guelph
  • Eco-inoculants- A paradigm shift technology to suppress dollar spot disease -Dr. Manish Raizada, University of Guelph
  • Determination of population dynamics of plant parasitic nematodes on golf course greens -Dr. Katerina Jordan, University of Guelph
  • Variation in responsiveness of Agrotis cultivars to defense activators & response genes -Dr. Tom Hsiang- University of Guelph
  • Integrated turfgrass management, tools & practices -Dr. Michael Brownbridge- Vineland Research

For more detailed information on the projects currently funded by the OTRF, click on the Research Link 

SPOTLIGHT ON RESEARCH –  OTRF featured at annual Ontario Turfgrass Symposium

This year the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium, held in February at Rozanski Hall on the University of Guelph campus, attracted over 400 delegates. Attendees had the chance to enjoy more than 30 educational sessions and seminars focusing on a variety of turfgrass industries. This annual event is tailored to turf specialists from municipalities, sports fields, sod, lawn care and the golf sectors. Both industry experts and academics were part of the speaker roster allowing for a broad range of topics. Delegates also had a chance to discuss presentations during networking opportunities at the symposium. The Sports Turf Association generously presented a cheque to the OTRF for their annual contribution. The OTRF provided research money for many of the symposium’s presentations which are summarized on the following link (2013 OTS Presentations of OTRF supported projects – Dr. Brenda Nailor).


The OTRF is committed to raising money through donations to advance the turfgrass industry through scientific research that provide solutions to current turf management issues. The health benefits of natural turfgrass are widely promoted through the media but economic and environmental benefits are important too. Through donations to charitable turfgrass research foundations such as the OTRF, we can continue to provide our future generations with healthy green spaces to work, play and live.

If you would like more information regarding the OTRF current research funding, how to make a contribution or to discuss membership, please contact the OTRF office 


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The Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundationis a volunteer board of professionals of the turfgrass industry dedicated to the future of turf research. Their objectives are to support the scientific research of turf culture for the advancement of the turfgrass industry.