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August 1, 1997

Turfgrass

Zachary J. Reicher

Extension turfgrass specialist
Co-director, Purdue Turfgrass Diagnostic and Research Center
(765) 494-9737
E-mail: zreicher@dept.agry.purdue.edu

Has expertise in turfgrass science and management for use on golf courses, athletic fields, home lawns, parks and roadsides.

Clark S. Throssell

Professor, agronomy
Co-director, Purdue Turfgrass Diagnostic and Research Center
(765) 494-4785
E-mail: cthrossell@dept.agry.purdue.edu

Has expertise in turfgrass science and management for use on golf courses, athletic fields, home lawns, parks and roadsides.

Turfgrass entomology

John M. Ferris III

Professor, entomology
Researcher, Purdue Turfgrass Diagnostic and Research Center
(765) 494-4610
E-mail: john_ferris@entm.purdue.edu

Is an expert on nematodes (small parasitic worms) and how plant nematodes cause disease to turf, crops and ornamental plants.

Turfgrass microbes

Ronald F. Turco Jr.

Director, Environmental Sciences and Engineering Institute
Professor, environmental soil science
Researcher, Purdue Turfgrass Diagnostic and Research Center
(765) 494-8077; home: (765) 463-3746
E-mail: rturco@dept.agry.purdue.edu
Web: http://www.agry.purdue.edu/agronomy/ water/labsmb/micrsoil.htm

Recent efforts have concentrated in two emerging areas: (1) turfgrass microbial ecology and (2) microbial ecology following the introduction of drainage tiles. Of note are recent efforts to isolate microorganisms that are capable of degrading xenobiotics, a class of herbicides. (Pesticide contamination is a major concern regarding ground water quality.) Studies how the application of chemicals may affect the microbial ecology of soils.

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