April 2014

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2014 OTRF Sponsored Research

The Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation is committed to helping facilitate researchers to discover and to deliver outcomes that benefit end users of turfgrass. With this goal in mind, the OTRF is pleased to announce a 2014 contribution of $150,000 towards turfgrass research. By collaborating with industry partners and funding agencies, the OTRF will be granting valuable industry seed money to researchers who will use these funds to conduct $250,000 of research this year. If we are to continue to produce groundbreaking research outcomes,then a strong investment in research is needed. The OTRF is proud to be part of these new exciting initiatives in turfgrass research and appreciates the industry contributions made over the past year to the foundations mission. There are several important projects funded by the OTRF that will be of significant value to homeowners and turf managers alike

  • Biological control of dandelion weed in turfgrass using beneficial microbes -Dr. Manish Raizada,  University of Guelph
  • Turf disease and stress resistance defense activators: Field work -Dr. Tom Hsiang/ Dr. Paul Goodwin – University of Guelph
  • Guideline for sustainable turfgrass using low-input cultivars and low-risk management practices -Dr. Michael Brownbridge- Vineland Research & Innovation
  • Biological control of dollar spot disease in creeping bentgrass using beneficial microbes -Dr. Manish Raizada,  University of Guelph
  • Determination of population dynamics of plant parasitic nematodes on golf course greens -Dr. Katerina Jordan, University of Guelph

For detailed information on the projects currently being funded by the OTRF, click on the Research Tab

Annual OTRF Golf Tournament

Registration is Open! This year, the annual OTRF golf tournament to raise funds for turfgrass research will be hosted at Credit Valley Golf and Country Club on Monday, August 18th. We would like to invite industry sponsors and players to join us in celebrating this great day.  There is always a great turnout of friends and colleagues from our industry looking to support turfgrass research, and, of course, play a little golf. A special thanks to Credit Valley’s General Manager, Ian Webb and Superintendent, Jason Hanna for their assistance in donating their club as our host venue. New for this year is on line registration. Details are available through the OTRF website.  Follow the links Tournament information, Sponsor and Player & Registration link

What’s new in research?

In a recent OTRF funded research project, our lead researcher, Dr. Manish Raizada, uncovered a startling discovery while isolating endophytes for biological control of dollar spot. Endophytes are microbes that inhabit plant internal tissues without causing diseases and produce a plethora of substances of potential use to modern medicine, agriculture, and industry. In an exciting and unexpected breakthrough, one particular corn endophyte showed broad –spectrum anti-fungal properties and anti- weed activity for the invasive dandelion weed. This common weed that has been difficult to control with the ban of chemical pesticides could be now eradicated with a biologically safe and naturally occurring microbe. With the prospect of an effective biocontrol spray formulation to suppress dandelion weed, the OTRF has committed funds for the next two years to Dr. Raizada’s research in development. Information as it develops on this exciting new product and other funded research is available through the research tabs on our website

 If you were unable to attend the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium held in February on the University of Guelph campus, you missed the chance to attend more than 30 educational sessions and seminars focusing on a variety of turfgrass industries. Both industry experts and academics were part of the speaker roster allowing for a broad range of topics, including presentations of OTRF funded research. A new addition to the speaker program was a round table discussion with lawyer Diane Squires (OTRF Board member), who challenged the audience with dialogue on what legal matters in the turf industry are “hot button” issues.

Welcome new GAO Executive Director

OTRF President, Dave Smith addresses the GAO members at their AGM in January. “On behalf of the turf industry, we welcome incoming Executive Director, Steve Carroll and wish him well in his tenure at the helm of the GAO. The GAO’s annual per member contribution and the continued support of the GAO is important to our mission of providing money to advance turfgrass research; subsequently enhancing the game.”


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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.