Areas of Research
Penn State Turfgrass Faculty are involved in a variety of research activities including Pest Management, Soil Science, Turfgrass Management, Turfgrass Nutrition and Fertility, Breeding and Genetics and others. This section breaks down the areas of research and categorizes faculty conducting research within each section.
Dedicated to the improvement of all sports surfaces.
Breeding and Genetics involves the identification and development of new turfgrass cultivars and experimental lines for ultimate use by turfgrass managers.
Cultural management includes the use of various cultural practices to improve the overall health of a turfgrass system.
Pest Management includes the cultural and chemical management of various turfgrass diseases, insects and weeds.
Also known as edaphology, soil science deals with the influence of soil and other media on the growth of plants. Researchers at Penn State conduct various studies relating to athletic field surface characterization and golf green construction and maintenance.
Proper selection of species is variable based on the intended use of the turf site as well as geographic region. Identification of select species and improved cultivars is an important component of turfgrass management.
Fertilization is one of the primary management practices in turf and contributes to color, density, uniformity, among others. Research in this area involves a wide range of projects from environmental and water quality to aesthetics and playability.