Purdue scientist writes comprehensive turfgrass fungicide book

July 6, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University turfgrass expert Richard Latin has compiled more than a decade of work into a comprehensive guide for golf course superintendents and professional turf managers.

Latin, a professor of botany and plant pathology, said fungal diseases are the among the most serious problems on golf course turf throughout the United States, especially in the eastern part of the country, where regular precipitation favors disease outbreak. His book, "A Practical Guide to Turfgrass Fungicides," explores how fungicides work and why they sometimes don't.

"These fungicides are extremely important tools in limiting disease-related damage to golf courses and other turf," Latin said. "A better understanding of fungicides will give turf managers the ability to manage diseases from a more informed standpoint."

Latin said he has worked with golf course superintendents for more than 20 years and has tracked their turf concerns. He said this book encompasses the major concerns of those dealing daily with turfgrass health.

Latin said the book could be a useful tool to those working on golf courses, in stadiums or for students studying turfgrass science.

"A Practical Guide to Turfgrass Fungicides" is published by the American Phytopathological Society. It is available through the publisher's website at http://www.apsnet.org or through the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America website at http://www.gcsaa.org

Writer: Brian Wallheimer, 765-496-2050, bwallhei@purdue.edu

Source: Richard Latin, 765-494-4639, rlatin@purdue.edu 

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