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The New York State Turfgrass Association has awarded $53,368 in grants this year to support turfgrass research projects at Cornell University. The funds are distributed through the New York Turfgrass Foundation, an endowment established in 1991 to support turfgrass research at the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station, and other research institutions.

Contributions come from NYSTA members, the POA annual golf tournaments sponsored by NYSTA and New York golf course superintendent associations, and business and individual benefactors. The Foundation has accumulated over $800,000 and is now generating $50,000 in annual interest to support turfgrass research.

This year's grants:

  • $21,333--"Development of Rapid and Comprehensive Detection and Quantification System for Turfgrass Pathogens," Eric Nelson, PhD, department of plant pathology.
  • $12,000--"Development and Utilization of Allelopathic Festuca Cultivars for Alternative Weed Management Strategies in Turfgrass Settings," Leslie Ann Weston, PhD, department of horticulture.
  • $6,468--"Determining the Relationship between Soil Phosphorus and Phosphorus Runoff from Turfgrass," A. Martin Petrovic, PhD, department of horticulture.
  • $4,500--"Sports Turf Management Handbook," Joann Gruttadaurio, department of horticulture.
  • $5,500--"Evaluation of Organic and Microbial Products for Sports Turf Managers," Frank Rossi, PhD, New York State Extension turfgrass specialist.
  • $3,567--"Leveraging Biologicals into the Turfscape: Combining Controls and Exploiting Synergisms for White Grub Management," Daniel Peck, PhD, department of entomology.

The New York State Turfgrass Association comprises 1,800 green industry professionals who share technology, promote environmental stewardship, support education and advance research.


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