Industry Associations donate over $100,000 to OTRF in 2012
The OTRF is proud to partner with turfgrass industry associations that have made the commitment to contribute annually to our foundation to support turfgrass research. Within the golf sector, OTRF wishes to thank the Golf Association of Ontario, National Golf Course Owners Association, Ontario Golf Superintendents Association who have contributed graciously. The OTRF is also annually supported by the Sports Turf Association, Nursery Sod Growers Association and the Professional Lawn Care Association of Ontario, Landscape Ontario, Turf Producers International and Quebec Turfgrass Research Foundation. All of these organizations have contributed regularly to individual research projects that provide value to their particular industry.
Without the financial support from these dedicated annual partners, the work of the OTRF would not be possible and turf research in Ontario would not be nearly as impactful as it is today. On a related note, The USGA will fund $2 million in grants in 2012 and 2013 to universities across the country to support turfgrass research. The research seeks to develop and improve grasses and playing surfaces that are more resistant to disease and require less water.
Come and see OTRF Projects at OTS
To learn more about OTRF sponsored research projects, be sure and sign up for the annual Ontario Turfgrass Symposium, held at the University of Guelph on February 20 and 21st, 2013. Numerous OTRF research projects will be presented at this event.
For more information, or to register visit : www.TurfSymposium.ca
SPOTLIGHT ON RESEARCH – Canadian Turfgrass Funding Agencies Unite – Call for Proposals
The Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation (CTRF), Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA) and the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation (OTRF) have formed a research funding alliance for an annual call for proposals for turfgrass research grants. This group forms Canadian Allied Turfgrass Research (CATR) and offer the opportunity to have all three associations consider funding for a project with just a single submission. A national grant application process will eliminate duplication, while giving regional researchers more national exposure. Funding may be considered separately or collaboratively among the associations.
The OTRF accepted proposals for 2013 Canadian Turfgrass Research Grants on behalf of itself, the CTRF and the WCTA. Based on research priorities formed by turfgrass industry representatives, research grants will be awarded based on important issues facing the turfgrass industry today.
Research Priority Examples for 2013:
– Development and evaluation of effective alternatives to conventional pesticides (biological, micronutrients)
– Emerging Pests – Better diagnostics for new pests (e.g., summer patch and Waitea patch), new diseases in Canada, invasive insects that have migrated or started to establish in Canada with no alternatives or solutions available
– Water conservation and water quality
– Effects of climate change on turfgrass and pests
– The development of educational materials about the environmental impact of golf courses aimed at golfers