The Center for Turfgrass Science held its 27th Annual Turfgrass Research Symposium on January 12 on the George H. Cook Campus. Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Robert Goodman welcomed attendees, who were drawn from the turf and golf course industries as well as a number of academic institutions. Goodman also highlighted the many accomplishments of the Rutgers Turfgrass Program over the past three decades.
Oral presentations focused on turfgrass microbiomes, weed science, turfgrass management and stress physiology, as well as pest biology and management. The keynote speaker was Jeff Steiner, division director for plant production at the USDA-NIFA Institute of Food Production and Sustainability. Steiner discussed the future of federal funding for turfgrass science in his keynote presentation, “Resourcing the Next Generations of Turfgrass Science,” which is available for viewing on the center’s website.
A number of poster presentations were also made at the symposium, featuring current turfgrass research being conducted at Rutgers.