Michigan Turfgrass Industry Research Priorities


Water Movement and Nutrient and Pesticide Fate

Surface water quality:
  • Phosphorus loading in surface waters.
  • Phosphorus movement off established turf areas.
  • Nitrate movement in established turf.
  • Assessment and tracking tools for nutrients and pesticides.
  • Nutrient and pesticide BMP’s.
Water Quantity, Land Use, and Climate Change
  • Storm water retention systems suitable for irrigation of turf.
  • Integrating turfgrass areas into land-use planning.
  • Assessing and maximizing carbon sequestration in turfgrass systems.
  • Cool season turfgrass adaptation to potential climate change in Michigan.

Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics

Biotic Stresses:
  • Disease resistance, especially dollar spot and snow mold.
  • Insect resistance, especially for white grubs.
Abiotic Stresses:
  • Heat and cold tolerance.
  • Shade tolerance.
  • Wear tolerance.
  • General low-input turfgrasses.
  • Establishing seed production in Michigan.

Integrated Pest Management

  • European chafer and Japanese beetle management.
  • Weather-based IPM systems.
  • Tools & templates to implement IPM programs.
  • Management of Fairy Ring.
  • Granular pesticide alternatives to liquid (spray application) of pesticides (efficacy and environmental impact and fate).

Bio-based Products, Alternative Fuels and Energy Conservation

  • Bio-diesel and bio-lubricants and fluids.
  • Ethanol production from turfgrass clippings, pelletizing clippings and fuel cell technology for turf management equipment.

Education, Job Training and Career Development

  • Curriculum development to teach turf in K-12 & Agri-science programs.
  • Turf as a model to teach math & science.
Develop strategies to meet current labor shortages & supply labor for future growth:
  • Migrant issues.
  • Recruitment of women and minorities.
  • Workforce training.