GCSAA Funding Seven New Projects in 2016
$110,000 in Research Funds Available
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has selected seven research projects to fund in 2016. Funds are made available through a grant from the Environmental Institute for Golf, or EIFG, GCSAA's philanthropic organization. Funding was increased by $10,000 this year, for a total of $110,000 in research funds.
Four of the projects are part of GCSAA's Chapter Cooperative Research Program. Under this program, each participating GCSAA chapter identifies one or more research projects that address "a significant local issue" for superintendents. After a chapter has pledged financial support for a project, the researchers are eligible to apply for a grant from GCSAA's Chapter Cooperative Research Program. The new studies were funded based on recommendations by the GCSAA Research Committee, and approved by the association's board of directors.
The three additional grants are through other specific EIFG programs, including the Dr. Michael Hurdzan Endowment (focused on environmental research with the goal of reducing requirements for water, fertilizer, pesticides or fossil fuels in golf course maintenance); the Aquatrol's Robert A. Moore Endowment (focused on applied research for optimizing the growing environment for golf course turf, while minimizing inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides); and the Mark Kizziar Research Grant (focused on optimizing water use on golf courses).
"Research continues to be a cornerstone of GCSAA's efforts, and through the generous support of the EIFG we were able to expand our funding by $10,000 this year," GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. "This research is vital to the future of golf, and GCSAA is committed to supporting applied, problem-solving projects that not only help golf course superintendents, but also help to provide more enjoyable conditions while protecting the environment."
The projects that will receive funding in 2016 are:
-Performance and Recovery of Four Turfgrass Species Subjected to Golf Cart Traffic during Prolonged Drought: Dale Bremer, Ph.D., Kansas State University, funded by the Robert A. Moore Endowment
-Late-Fall Wetting Agent Application to Enhance the Winter Survival of Ultradwarf Bermudagrass Putting Greens: Douglas Karcher, Ph.D., University of Arkansas, funded by the Dr. Michael Hurdzan Endowment
-Developing Optimal Management Programs for Annual Bluegrass Weevil Populations with Different Insecticide Resistance Levels: Albrecht Koppenhofer, Rutgers University, co-funded by GCSA New Jersey, New Jersey Turfgrass Association, Metropolitan GCSA, Long Island GCSA and Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents
-Efficacy of Turfgrass Chemical Priming to Improve Creeping Bentgrass Responses to Drought Stress: Emily Merewitz, Ph.D., Michigan State University, co-funded by the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation and Michigan GCSA
-Using Bentgrass Tolerance, Disease Predictive Models and Fungicide Timing to Control Dollar Spot on Fairway Turf: James Murphy, Ph.D., Rutgers University, co-funded by GCSA New Jersey
-An Enzymatic Approach to Remediate Water Repellency of Turfgrass Soils: Paul Raymer, Ph.D., University of Georgia, co-funded by the Georgia Golf Environmental Foundation
-Establishing a Research-Based Guidance for Selection and Use of Wetting Agents for Improving Infiltration and Re-Wettability on Water-Repellent Sand Greens: Xi Xiong, Ph.D., University of Missouri, funded by the Mark Kizziar Research Grant
Additionally, GCSAA is continuing to support 10 of the projects that were selected for funding in 2012, 2014, and 2015. The results of all GCSAA-funded research will be published in their magazine.