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Lab welcomes new Ph.D. student

Posted: October 1, 2016

Patrizia Rollo is a Ph.D. student in Agronomy with a focus on the turfgrass pathology. She earned her M.S. from the University of Pisa in Italy.

Patrizia Rollo is a Ph.D. student in Agronomy with a focus on the turfgrass pathology. She joins our lab from Italy where she had earned her undergraduate and M.S. degrees. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Bari in Forestry Science and her M.S. degree at the University of Pisa in Landscape Design and Management. During her graduate degree she became interested in turfgrass management and soon found herself very passionate about agronomy. She started to build her knowledge by completing an internship on a golf course in Tuscany and later chose to conduct her master project in this field.

In February 2015 she was offered the opportunity to work on her project in the US.  She made her way to Las Cruces, NM where she worked as an exchange student at the New Mexico State University for six months. Her research focused on turfgrass drought stress management. During her time at NMSU, she attended many conferences and met several turfgrass professors and researchers including Dr. Kaminski, her current advisor.

Her current project focuses on a new and emerging disease that was problematic ini 2016 on many golf courses with annual bluegrass greens. The "new disease" has been coined the name Pythium patch and her goal is to identify the causal agent(s) of the disease and provide some insight into the biology of the pathogens and epidemiology of the disease.