Current Research

2021 Research Program Update

We are conducting research at the new G.M. Frost Centre on College Ave E, while maintaining safety best practices recommended by local healthcare. Some of the projects in progress are:

  • NTEP National Tall Fescue Test  
  • Assessing the effect of Plant Growth Regulators on Winter Hardiness of Creeping Bentgrass and Annual Bluegrass on Golf Greens 
  • Comparing plant growth regulators on a USGA putting green – Sponsored by Nufarm 
  • Comparing different formulations of Fiesta to determine application safety for turfgrass – Sponsored by Neudorff North America 
  • Bio-solids as potential turfgrass fertilizer - Sponsored by OTRF 
  • Long-term surfactant study conducted on greens height creeping bentgrass ‘V8’ and on an annual bluegrass-creeping bentgrass mixed-stand that has been overseeded with ‘T1’ bentgrass by grad student Ellen Westelaken 
  • Biology and management take-all patch in Canada caused by the fungus Slopeiomyces cylindrosporus by grad student Karen Francisco – Sponsored by OTRF 
  • Incorporating the Use of Machine Learning in the Turf Canopy Scanner by grad student Arthur Rosenfield 
  • Ongoing data collection and performance assessment of annual and perennial flowers through GTI Trial Gardens
  • TWCA Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue drought trial
    • Pending delivery of materials for construction of second rain-out device

 

2020 Research program included:

  • Turf type tall fescue NTEP trial
  • Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance 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
  • Ongoing data collection and performance assessment of annual and perennial flowers through GTI Trial Gardens

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!