OTRF Research Priorities

The OTRF Research Committee selects annual research projects to fund based on the following priorities. This comprehensive list was developed with related turfgrass industries current wish list.

  • Development and evaluation of effective alternatives to conventional pesticides (biological, micronutrients)
  • Marketing and communicating the benefits of turfgrass and addressing the public issues about the turfgrass industry
  • A systems approach to sustainable turfgrass management
  • Economic impact of turfgrass management decisions (IPM, synthetic, inputs)
  • New instrumentation, robotics and software technologies
  • Nutrient management and nutrient sources
  • Water conservation and water quality
  • 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
  • Improved turfgrass species and varieties that exhibit desirable traits.  For example, have wear and drought tolerance, that require lower inputs or are pest resistant, or are alternative species for putting surfaces (e.g., fescue  or superior Poa annua) or are fast-maturing species for sod production
  • Modernize best practices for sports fields (construction and maintenance; scheduling of play, irrigated and non-irrigated fields) and putting greens.
  • Basic research (economics, environment, playability) of synthetic turf and comparison to natural turf
  • The nutrient composition removed when sod is harvested; to achieve the default value for sod crops
  • Effects of climate change on turfgrass and pests
  • Investigate the environmental benefits of golf courses to flora and fauna or research of specific cultural management practices on golf courses to improve the environmental benefits
  • The development of educational materials about the environmental impact of golf courses aimed at golfers

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The Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation directs and promotes turf research for the benefit of the turfgrass industry and the general public.