Thatch collapse is a new disease of golf course turf. The causal agent was identified in our lab and determined to be Sphaerobolus stellatus.


Baetsen-Young, A.M., J.E. Kaminski, M.T. Kasson, and D.D. Davis. 2015. Insights into the Biology of Sphaerobolus stellatus as a Causal Agent of Thatch Collapse in Golf Turfs. CropSci 55:2342-2351. pdf

Baetsen-Young, A.M., J.E. Kaminski, and M. Tien. 2017. Lignocellulos degrading capabilities of Sphaerobollus stellatus in creeping bentgrass. Int. Turfgrass Res. Soc. J. 13:145-152.