GCSAA announces 2022 turfgrass research funding

Grants will support five new research projects through 2024, joining 14 ongoing research projects being funded by the association.


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GCSAA funds applied agronomic, environmental and regulatory research that will benefit golf course superintendents and the golf courses they manage. Photo by Paul Koch

Research grants from GCSAA are supporting five new research projects at universities across the country beginning in 2022. The projects will be funded through the GCSAA Foundation research endowments and its Chapter Cooperative Grant Program. One new O.J. Noer Research Endowment project, one Dr. Michael Hurdzan Endowment and one Robert A. Moore Endowment project will also receive funding.

The projects, which were selected by a committee that included two members of the GCSAA Board of Directors, superintendents, university researchers and other professional scientists, will receive a total of $149,957 from a GCSAA Foundation block grant, with an additional $62,500 in matching funds from participating GCSAA chapters. GCSAA has an additional 14 research projects ongoing through its program.

The following five research projects will be funded for a period of two years:

Enhanced breeding strategies for gray leaf spot disease resistance in cool-season turfgrasses
Phillip L. Vines, Ph.D.
Rutgers University
Funded through the GCSAA Foundation’s O.J. Noer Research Endowment

Selection and evaluation of shade tolerance in creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera)
Stacy A. Bonos, Ph.D.
Rutgers University
Funded by a Chapter Cooperative Research Grant and matching funds from the GCSA of New Jersey Foundation

Developing seedhead suppression programs for bermudagrass fairways using plant growth regulators and herbicides
Jim Baird, Ph.D.
University of California, Riverside
Funded by a Chapter Cooperative Research Grant, with matching funds from the Sierra Nevada GCSA, GCSA of Northern California, GCSA of Southern California, Hi-Lo Desert GCSA, GCSA of Central California and San Diego GCSA in collaboration with the California Turfgrass & Landscape Foundation

Evaluating alternative effective action thresholds for lance (Hoplolaimus galeatus) nematodes in creeping bentgrass putting greens
David McCall, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech University
Funded by a Chapter Cooperative Research Grant through the GCSAA Foundation’s Dr. Michael Hurdzan Research Endowment, with matching funds from the Virginia GCSA

Improving our understanding of U.S. fall armyworm populations that originate in Florida to aid in improving golf course IPM recommendations
University of Florida
Funded in part through the GCSAA Foundation’s Robert A. Moore Endowment