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TriState Fairway Topdressing Research Update 

The 2006 Annual Research Report for the TriState Turfgrass Research Foundation Grant at UConn entitle "Importance of particle size distribution and sand depth in developing a fairway topdressing program" can now be found online under RESEARCH>PUBLICATIONS>CULTURALPRACTICES.
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NERTF 2006 Annual Report Online 

The 2006 Annual Research Report for the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation Grant at UConn entitle "Influence of Nozzle-Type, Application Timing and Fungicide Resistance on Dollar Spot Control" can now be found online under RESEARCH>PUBLICATIONS>DISEASES.
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Syngenta Endows Fund for Turfgrass Program 

by Jennifer Huber

The turfgrass program at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) has received welcome support from Syngenta Professional Products of Greensboro, North Carolina. The Syngenta UConn Turfgrass Pathology Fund was established with a $25,000 endowment in August. Syngenta Professional Products is a subsidiary of Syngenta, a leading global agribusiness headquartered in Switzerland that develops and markets sustainable agriculture products and technology.

The Syngenta UConn Turfgrass Pathology Fund supports education, extension and research activities at the Department of Plant Science and the UConn Turfgrass Disease Diagnostic Center. The diagnostic center provides service to commercial clients throughout the Northeast. It’s an essential resource for managers of athletic fields, high-maintenance commercial land and golf courses. Assistant Professor John Kaminski was recruited in 2005 to create the turfgrass pathology program and lead research into turfgrass diseases, fungicide resistance and disease management.

“[John Kaminski] is very energetic. He’s taken an active step to fill the need in the Northeast,” says Dave Ross, Technical Manager, Lawn and Garden at Syngenta Professional Products.

“When there are relatively new researchers in our field, we want to help them to be successful,” Ross adds. “We saw that he’s doing very good work, and we wanted to help his research program and the University.”

UConn is quickly becoming a leader in turfgrass education, research and development. Faculty and graduate students are applying discoveries made through research in the lab to develop innovative solutions and provide them to clients through the diagnostic center. Most significantly, cutting-edge research and development at UConn is leading to a reduction in the use of pesticides, says Kaminski.

“It really benefits everyone,” says Kaminski. “What we’re trying to do is marry the two programs, the research and the diagnostic services, to really benefit the end users.”

Kaminski notes that the Syngenta UConn Turfgrass Pathology Fund provides a needed foundation on which to build support in order to grow UConn’s program.

“The goal is to build up the endowment to a level that will continue to provide support to the turfgrass pathology program at UConn,” says Kaminski. “I’m looking at longevity. When I retire, the next person will hopefully have a nest egg to fund graduate and research assistantships.”

Kaminski also emphasizes that strong private support from individuals and industry leaders like Syngenta will enable UConn to raise the profile of the turfgrass program. “It’s really to set the stage to build the program to where we want it to be, and that’s a nationally recognized research and education program,” he says.


Standing atop a turfgrass plot at UConn, Assistant Professor John Kaminski (center) accepts a $25,000 check from Syngenta Professional Products for the Syngenta UConn Turfgrass Pathology Fund on October 18. From left: John K. Martin, president of the UConn Foundation, Kirklyn M. Kerr, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mary Musgrave, head of the Department of Plant Science, Kaminski, and Michael Agnew, Renee Keese, Dave Ross, and Robert Goglia of Syngenta Professional Products.

Copyright 2006 by The University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.

www.foundation.uconn.edu
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Poa Putting Green Constructed at UConn 

John Kaminski, Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Science
University of Connecticut

In an ongoing effort to conduct field research on the management and control of anthracnose basal rot, researchers at the University of Connecticut have completed the establishment of an approximately 15,000 sq ft annual bluegrass putting green. In 2005, plugs were harvested from several golf courses and used to establish the initial 5000 sq ft. Additional plugs were collected in the spring of 2006 and thanks to the donation of approximately 6000 sq ft of annual bluegrass sod from a Connecticut golf course, the project was completed this week.



In addition to research on Anthracnose, long-term research projects on the putting green will include:

1. Increasing creeping bentgrass populations through the use of plant growth regulators.
2. Determining the most efficacious method for interseeding bentgrass into existing stands of turf.
3. Determining the influence of various nitrogen sources on annual bluegrass diseases.

To support these projects or for more information, please contact please contact John Kaminski.

The Turfgrass Pathology Team at UConn would like to thank Jason St. Louis (Willimantic Country Club), Anthony Grosso (Pautipaug Country Club), and William Gaydosh (Round Hill Club) for providing materials and labor to complete this project.
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UConn Turf Club Highlights History of Turf Management at Hort Show 

The University of Connecticut's Turf Club highlighted the history of turf equipment at the 2006 Hort Show, an annual event run by student clubs in the College of Agriculture. The theme of this year's Hort Show "125th Anniversary: It All Started Here" was designed to showcase the College of Agriculture as the start of UConn in 1881.



The Turf Club's design for the event showcased the advancement of the reel mower. In addition to the series of mowers, students constructed two miniature golf holes from bentgrass. Both holes were designed around a central water feature and included typical hazards that you would find on a real golf course. Students also constructed a miniature baseball diamond to represent the diversity in the career interests of the students.

Every October, students from the various clubs within the College of Agriculture design exhibits representing their interests. The Hort Show is held in the Ratcliffe Hicks arena located on the Storrs Campus. This years event helped to raise several hundred dollars for each club that will be used by students for various field trips and activities.
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