GCSAA has announced it is funding two new research projects for 2013, one on drought and traffic stress, and the other on anthracnose disease control.
The projects, along with four that are in progress, give GCSAA six ongoing studies, each funded through a grant from the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG). The new studies were funded based on recommendations by the GCSAA Research Committee and approved by the association's board of directors.
"The feedback from members and chapters is that research is a valuable benefit of their membership," GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. "Research is the foundation of our programming, from our education, to communications, to advocacy. We are thankful for those who support the EIFG so we can deliver the research to our members and the industry."
The projects are funded through the GCSAA Cooperative Research Program, in which affiliated chapters also contribute funds to the study. The new projects, which will be conducted over a two-year period, include:
- Effects of drought and traffic stresses
on physiological responses and water use characteristics of creeping bentgrass
(Agrostic stolonifera) and annual bluegrass (Poa annua)
Kevin Frank, Ph.D., and Emily Merewitz, Michigan State University
Co-funded by the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation
- Influence of best management practices
on anthracnose disease control of annual bluegrass turf
James A. Murphy, Ph.D., and Bruce B. Clark, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Co-funded by the GCSA of New Jersey
Funding for this project comes from the EIFG's Michael Hurdzan Endowment
The following chapter cooperative projects were funded in 2012 and are ongoing:
- Characterization and management of
root-infecting Pythium species bentgrass putting greens in the Midwest
Gerald (Lee) Miller, Ph.D., University of Missouri. Completion date 2013
Co-funded by the Heart of America Golf Course Superintendents Association, Ozark Turf Association, the Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association, and the Mark Kizziar Research Grant administered by the EIFG
- Deficit irrigation programs for water
conservation in the management of bermudagrass fairways in Texas
Benjamin Wherley, Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Completion date 2013
Co-funded by the Lone Star Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Aquatrols' Robert A. Moore Endowment Fund administered by the EIFG
- Plant tolerance / resistance to annual
bluegrass weevil among bentgrass: Which cultivars are at great risk and which
are the best for overseeding/replacement
Albrecht Koppenhofer, Ph.D., Rutgers University. Completion date 2013
Co-funded by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey, Hudson Valley Golf Course Superintendents Association, Keystone Golf Course Superintendents Association, Long Island Golf Course Superintendents Association, Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association, New Jersey Turfgrass Association and the Pocono Turfgrass Association
The following BMP/Implementation project was funded:
- Field implementation and educational
events to support principles in the manual: Best Management Practices for
Protection of Environmental Quality on Virginia Golf Courses
Erik Ervin, Ph.D., Virginia Tech. Completion date 2013
Co-funded by the Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan Endowment Fund administered by the EIFG
"Our focus is on supporting applied, problem-solving research for GCSAA members," Evans said. "It would be short-sighted to look at this as something that only helps the superintendent, however. This is a means to strengthen facilities and enhance the game by addressing issues that can hinder conditions and thus the golfer's enjoyment of the game."
Results of the work will first be published in an appropriate academic journal, then in GCSAA's monthly magazine, GCM.