Current Research

 

2020 Research Program Update

The COVID pandemic has resulted in a significant reduction of non-essential research at the current time. Our faculty and leaders within the department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph were able to get assurances that seasonally dependent field research could continue at the GTI. We are currently finding new ways to keep our grad students busy through the production of new resources and helpful materials to offer the industry in the future. A silver lining to this period of slowed research activities is that it will allow faculty and research groups to catch up on publishing various manuscripts and research papers.  Some of the projects continuing this season are:

  • Turf type tall fescue NTEP trial
  • Installation of new rain-out device to expand research capacity with regard to drought trials and water conservation
    • Pending delivery and transportation issues due to Covid-19
  • Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance (TWCA) Kentucky bluegrass drought trial
  • Low maintenance ground cover assessment trials funded by the City of Guelph
  • Take-all patch research project funded through the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation
    • Alternative control options
    • Ongoing exploration of a reliable in-the-field innoculation technique 
    • Identification of potential new pathogen(s) causing take-all-like symptoms 
  • Ongoing data collection and performance assessment of annual and perennial flowers through GTI Trial Gardens
  • New or suspended research projects may resume activity as regulations surrounding COVID-19 continue to evolve.

 

2019 Research program included:

  • Alternative controls for dollarspot disease
    • Exploring rates and efficacy of ferric and ferrous sulphate
    • Exploring bio-control products and their efficacy compared to traditional synthetic control products
    • Looking into uses for bio-solids as potential control
  • Data collection and usage recommendation for a new plant growth regulator for use on turf in Ontario
  • Developing a successful and reliable method for successful innoculation of take-all patch in the field
  • Conducting trials for a new product formulation for a class 11 weed control product
    • Collecting efficacy data on control when compared with traditional formulation and industry competitors
    • Testing potential for phytotoxicity of new formulation in turf systems
    • Exploring potential for control of crabgrass at various high rates
  • Exploring efficacy of new moss control product compared with traditional market competitors
  • Ongoing product efficacy trials for Microdochium nivale
  • Turf type tall fescue NTEP trial
  • Ongoing pigment trials for use in turf systems
  • Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance (TWCA) Kentucky bluegrass drought trial
  • Low maintenance ground cover assessment trials funed by the City of Guelph
  • Take-all patch research project funded through the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation

 

2018 research projects included:

  • Best practices for establishment of prairie turfgrass systems
  • Continued assessment and development of biosolid fertilizers for turfgrass
  • Best management practices and alternative controls for take-all patch
  • Exploring cold tolerance and winter hardiness levels of bentgrass and poa annua
  • Alternatives options for controlling turfgrass diseases such as Sclerotinia homeocarpa 

 

2018 Service Research or Grant-In-Aid work included:

  • Broadleaf weed control product assessment and development
  • Comparison of liquid foliar fertilizers at various rates on turfgrass growth, density and overall quality rating
  • Data collection and reporting for new and emerging growth regulators
  • Data collection and reporting of alternative control products for white grubs

 

2016 research projects:

  • Efficacy of experimental herbicide products to control Bryum argenteum (silvery thread moss) on putting greens
  • Efficacy of experimental low-risk herbicide products – 2016 spring trial
  • Turf Response to Single and Dual Inhibitor Stabilized Nitrogen Fertilizers
  • Assessing the use of biosolids for establishment of turfgrass stands in sod production
  • Herbicidal activity of Fiesta formulations applied to turfgrass infested with broadleaf weeds
  • Best management practices for summer patch on annual bluegrass - 2016 trial
  • Tolerance of new seedings of different grass species to application of a low-risk herbicide – late summer/early fall trial
  • Ornamental trial gardens: All-America Selections trial, small scale vegetable trial, containers trial and more!