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CTRF announces six 2019 research projects


April 10, 2019
By Mike Jiggens

April 10, 2019 – The Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation has announced funding toward six research projects in 2019.

The projects, whose terms span from two to three years, are funded by the Allied Turf Research Funding Group that includes the Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation, the Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation, the Atlantic Golf Superintendents Association, the Manitoba Golf Superintendents Association, the Northwest Turfgrass Association, the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation, the Ottawa Valley Turfgrass Research Foundation, the Quebec Turfgrass Research Foundation, the Saskatchewan Turfgrass Research Foundation and the Western Canada Turfgrass Association.

The research projects are:

1. Testing probiotics to reduce nitrogen fertilizer and water usage in turfgrass (Manish N. Raizada, University of Guelph)
• Total project cost: $162,500
• Term: three years
• Total CATR funding request: $85,000
• Year 1 grant: $11,250
• Funding provided by: Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation, Quebec Turfgrass Research Foundation

2. Comparison of UAV and mower mounted remote sensing for turfgrass management (Eric Lyons, University of Guelph)
• Total project cost: $45,000
• Term: two years
• Total CATR funding request: $25,000
• Year 1 grant: $10,000
• Funding provided by: Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation, Quebec Turfgrass Research Foundation

3. Biology and management of take-all patch in Canada caused by the fungus Sloeiomyces cylindosporus (Katerina Jordan, University of Guelph)
• Total project cost: $115,000
• Term: three years
• Total CATR funding request: $80,000
• Year 1 grant: $20,000
• Funding provided by: Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation

4. Development of a guide for rating athletic fields to determine maximum use (Pam Charbonneau, DCS Services, Gravenhurst, ON)
• Total project cost: $17,200
• Term: two years
• Total CATR funding request: $9,100
• Year 1 grant: $9,100
• Funding provided by: Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation

5. Comparing iron sulfate versus chelated iron for the suppression of microdochium patch on annual bluegrass putting greens in the presence and absence of phosphorous acid (Alec Kowalewski, Oregon State University)
• Total project cost: $202,198 USD
• Term: two years
• Total CATR funding request: $20,000 USD
• Year 1 grant: $10,000 USD
• Funding provided by: Northwest Turfgrass Association, Western Canada Turfgrass Association

6. BMP to control dollar spot on fairway turf (James Murphy and Bruce Clarke, Rutgers University)
• Total Project cost: $40,000 USD
• Term: two years
• Total CATR funding request: $20,000 USD
• Year 1 grant: $13,000 CAD
• Funding provided by: Quebec Turfgrass Research Foundation

The Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation is a federation of organizations from across Canada committed to supporting scientific research of amenity turf management that benefits end users of communities’ recreational infrastructure, enhancing urban environments.

The CTRF’s website is: www.turfresearchCanada.ca