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    Evaluation of compost topdressing applications and compost tea applications on sports field turfgrass swards

    Principle Researcher Katie Dodson, Olds College, Alberta Project Scope: The project will address the use of compostable waste on worn Kentucky bluegrass municipal sports fields by examining topdressing rates and determining field recommendations for in-use sports fields. A companion study will look at the formulation and effects of compost teas on...
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    Fungicide alternatives management of microdochium patch and anthracnose

    Principle Researcher Dr. Alec Kowalewski, Oregon State University Project Scope: The project theme will critically evaluate alternative products that have shown potential to control microdochium patch and anthracnose on Poa annua putting greens. Documented scientific research highlighting defined cultural practices and alternative products for reducing and/or suppressing microdochium patch and anthracnose in...
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    Effects of ethylene inhibition on creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass survival of ice cover stress

    Principle Researcher Dr. Emily Merewitz and Dr. Kevin Frank, Michigan State University Project Scope: Creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass are sensitive to ice cover stress when grown as putting green species. The project objective is to determine whether an increase in ethylene or a reduction of ethylene in turfgrass canopies may promote...
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    Guideline for sustainable turfgrass using low-input cultivars and low-risk management practices

    Principle Researcher Dr. Micheal Brownbridge Project Scope: This project proposes to integrate the use of improved turfgrass cultivars with low-risk pesticides and other biological inputs to promote establishment and resilience. Outputs will enable informed choices around selection of new grass species for seeding/turf installation and their use with biological inputs...
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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

    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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    Eco-inoculants: A paradigm shift technology to suppress dollar spot disease in turfgrass using a mixture of beneficial microbes

    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

    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

    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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