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    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...
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    Determination of population dynamics of plant-parasitic nematodes on golf course greens throughout Canada and evaluation of alternative management on site

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    Principle Researcher Dr. Katerina Jordan, University of Guelph Project Scope: An understanding of the presence, diversity and seasonal shifts of nematode populations will allow golf course managers to better predict nematode infestations and symptom growth. The development of BMPs for nematode management, including potential efficacy of alternative nematicides, will provide golf...
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    Phosphorus requirements of Kentucky bluegrass

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    Principle Researcher Dr. Katerina Jordan, University of Guelph Project Scope: An understanding of the presence, diversity and seasonal shifts of nematode populations will allow golf course managers to better predict nematode infestations and symptom growth. The development of BMPs for nematode management, including potential efficacy of alternative nematicides, will provide...
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    September 2013

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    Tournament Day at St. Georges Golf Club On Monday, September 9th, the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation held its annual fundraising golf tournament at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke and what a terrific day this turned out to be. From the moment participants arrived they were treated to...
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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...
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    Eco-inoculants: A paradigm shift technology to suppress dollar spot disease in turfgrass using a mixture of beneficial microbes

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    Principle Researcher Dr. Manish Raizada, University of Guelph Project Scope: The goal of this project is to test eco-friendly technologies to suppress dollar spot fungal disease in turfgrass, specially creeping bentgrass. Eco-inoculants are based on the emerging concept that inoculation with multiple harmless microbes into a plant will occupy the...
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    Biological control of dollar spot disease in creeping bentgrass using benefical microbes

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    Principle Researcher Dr. Manish Raizada, University of Guelph Project Scope: Beneficial bacteria microbes have been identified to suppress dollar spot. This two stage research project will provide the groundwork for an effective robust biological spray formulation to suppress dollar spot diseases on grass ( creeping bentgrass), therefore reducing the dependency of non-environmental friendly inputs...
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    Safe and effective acidification of calcareous sand putting green rootzones underlying Penn A-series creeping bentgrass

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    Principle Researcher Dr. Maxim Schlossberg, Pennsylvania State University Project Scope: Rootzone pH highly influences nutrient availability, root growth and disease susceptibility during both establishment and maintenance of Penn A-series creeping bentgrass putting greens.  Research results will provide field proven guidance on treatment ( timing and rates) and response ( shoot...
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    Development of cultural systems and biological controls for integrated turf management

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    Principle Researcher Dr. Micheal Brownbridge Project Scope: This project will provide viable biocontrol agents with robust use practices, information on the potential of new grass varieties and novel seed coating technologies for use in ecologically sound integrated turf management programs. Final report :  REPORT OTRF Funding Partner Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation -Landscape...
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    Variation in responsiveness of Agrostis cultivars to defense activators and correlation with defense response genes

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    Principle Researcher Dr. Tom Hsiang, Dr. Paul Goodwin Project Scope: The objective of this project is to identify species and cultivars with strong responsiveness to defense activation by particular compounds. The potential benefit to turfgrass management could decrease the use of highly regulated synthetic pesticides in favor of lower risk alternatives,...

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