Management, host pathogenicity, and rapid identification of Magnaporthe poae, causal agent of summer patch on annual bluegrass and Kentucky bluegrass turf.
This project is designed to determine best management practices for a devastating disease of turfgrass that is currently controlled primarily by multiple fungicide applications. By assessing appropriate cultural practices aimed at reducing disease development it is our hope that we can reduce fungicide applications for this disease. In addition, the development of a rapid and simple diagnostic tool would greatly benefit turfgrass managers (our partner organization) and also allow for more timely fungicide applications, again reducing the overall amount of chemicals used in Ontario to reduce the effects of this disease.
Melissa M.I. Bassoriello
Dr. Katerina S. Jordan