TURF 853 Syllabus
Interpretation of Turfgrass Literature
TURF 853 Interpretation of Turfgrass Literature (3): Introduction to the scientific literature in turfgrass science and critically review the articles to acquire new insights and incorporate them into turfgrass cultural management programs.
Dr. Wakar Uddin
Professor of Plant Pathology
101 Buckhout Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
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- B.S., Integrated Pest Management , University of Nevada
- M.S., Integrated Pest Management, University of Nevada
- Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of Georgia
My research program involves management of gray leaf spot of perennial ryegrass turf caused by Magnaporthe oryzae, through applications of the principles of plant disease epidemiology and biology of the pathogen. The epidemiological research focuses on the influence of environmental conditions on development of gray leaf spot under various turfgrass management practices. Research on biology of the pathogen entails characterization of the population structure of Magnaporthe grisea in various geographic regions of the United States.
A second component of my research program encompasses Colletotrichum graminicola associated with anthracnose basal rot disease of annual bluegrass and creeping bentgrass in putting greens. Population biology of C. graminicola remains the centerpiece of my research on the pathogen. Studies on epidemiology and integrated management of the disease constitute the principal components of my research on anthracnose basal rot disease.
Fungicidal control of various foliar and root diseases of turfgrasses is also a significant part of my research program. I maintain a collaborative research with the fungicide industry for development of a sustainable disease management program as part of an integrated turfgrass disease management strategy.
This course will provide students with an ability to critically review the scientific literature in turfgrass science available in selected research journals and industry magazines (e.g., Crop Science, Agronomy Journal, Plant Disease) and professional magazines (e.g., Golf Course Management, USGA Green Section Record). As this course is intended for field practitioners who access the scientific literature for the purpose of acquiring new insights and skills that they will be able to incorporate into their turfgrass cultural programs.
Upon completion of Turf 853, the students will learn to determine if:
- The conclusions drawn by the author are adequately supported by the results obtained from the research.
- There are statistically significant differences among treatment means in a table of data.
- The statistical procedures employed to identify the trends or line fits for prediction of treatment responses were suitable.
- The scientific methods employed were appropriate with respect to the specific research objectives.
- The review of scientific literature in the introduction and the discussion sections of the article were sufficient to place the investigation in a meaningful context so that the research makes a meaningful contribution to turfgrass science and/or technology.
|Independent Project Assignment||20|
|Final Exam - Cumulative||100|
Please refer to the University Grading Policy for Undergraduate Courses for additional information about University grading policies.
||Lesson 1: Introduction||
||Lesson 2: Logic, Research, and Experiment||
||Lesson 3: Procedure for Experimentation||
||Lesson 4: Experimental Designs for Turfgrass Science Research – I||
||Lesson 5: Experimental Designs for Turfgrass Science Research – II||
||Lesson 6: Response of Creeping Bentgrass to Winter Shade||
||Lesson 7: Freezing Tolerance and Nonstructural Carbohydrate Composition of Carpet Grass||
||Lesson 8: The Effects of Crumb Rubber Topdressing on Hybrid Kentucky Bluegrass and Bermudagrass Athletic Fields in the Transition Zone||
||Lesson 9: The Effects of Seeding Date, Seeding Rate, and Seed Treatments on Saltgrass Seed Germination and Establishment||
||Lesson 10: Controlling Roughstalk Bluegrass||
||Lesson 11: The Leaching of Mineral and Organic Nitrogen from Putting Green Profiles Supporting Various Turfgrasses||
||Lesson 12: An Improved Method for Simulating Divot Injury on Turfgrass||
||Lesson 13: Drought Tolerance and Rooting Capacity of Kentucky Bluegrass Cultivars||
||Lesson 14: Early Detection of Turf Disease Through Direct Sensing||
||Lesson 15: Course Review||
|Prepare for and take final exam (cumulative)||
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