NESTMA webinar on Prepping Fields to Reduce Winter Injury
The New England Sports Turf Managers Association (NESTMA) is offering a webinar on the topic of “Prepping Fields to Reduce Winter Injury.”
The webinar is currently available on demand through November 27 ($24 for NESTMA members and $44 for non-members).
Winter injury can be a significant issue in northern climates, resulting in declines in playability and turf quality, as well as costly reestablishment. In this webinar, Michelle DaCosta, Ph.D., associate professor of turfgrass physiology, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Amherst, Mass., will discuss the major causes for winter injury in grasses used for sports turf, physiological mechanisms important for turfgrass overwintering and freezing tolerance, as well as the effects of various pest and disease management practices on improving turfgrass growth and winter conditioning.
Dr. DaCosta’s research program is centered on gaining greater insight into physiological mechanisms of plant adaptation to environmental stresses, using perennial grasses as an experimental system. The goal is to identify plant traits and stress response pathways associated with tolerance to different environmental stresses that are relevant in terms of global climate change, including temperature extremes and drought.