Dr. Emily Merewitz and Dr. Kevin Frank, Michigan State University
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 tolerance or sensitivity to ice cover stress. Chemical application of compounds that promote or reduce ethylene in the plant or the micro-environment of the plant canopy will be tested. Plants will be exposed to ice stress in a controlled environment and low temperature growth chamber.
Initial Report : Merewitz (MSU) ethylene update Jan 2017