More Than Bugs in Jugs: Understanding Biofungicides for Turfgrass Disease Management
Biofungicides for turfgrass disease control are available, however adoption has been limited due to ineffective or unreliable control. The goal of this presentation is to explain what biopesticides are, how they work, and to discuss ongoing research looking at ways to enhance efficacy of biofungicides through improvement in the establishment and persistence of introduced biocontrol antagonists applied to athletic fields.
John Inguagiato, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Turfgrass Pathology
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
University of Connecticut
Dr. Inguagiato’s research program focuses on assessment of cultural management practices that may reduce the incidence and severity of turfgrass diseases and evaluate practices that may predispose turf to disease. He works to identify new turfgrass pathogens and determine best management practices for their control. The overall goal of his research program is to develop sustainable turfgrass disease management practices that meet the functional needs of turfgrass systems. He works with the professional green industry to identify issues related to existing and emerging turfgrass diseases and disease management throughout New England. He conducts research to develop sustainable approaches to effective disease control based on integrated pest management concepts.
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