Get to Know Us...

The Turf Pathology Lab researches problems facing the turf industry to provide insight on the biology and management of important turfgrass pathogens.

Research Interests

We are a research lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture specializing in:

  • Molecular mechanisms of fungicide resistance in Sclerotinia homoeocarpa

  • Effect of organic and conventional turf management on soil microbes

  • Management of fungicide resistance in dollar spot on turfgrass

  • Mapping of quantitative disease resistance traits in turfgrass and comparative genomics analysis in Poaceae species

  • Classical and molecular breeding of disease resistance in turfgrass

A Focus on Extension & Outreach...

  • Educational talks on disease management and fungicide resistance

  • Product testing for turfgrass diseases

  • Diagnostic site visits

  • Fungicide resistance assays 

  • DNA fingerprinting of Kentucky bluegrass and bermudagrass

  • Publication of extension articles