Turfgrass disease control……2020 vision
Throughout the UK and EU there are now severe legislative restrictions on the availability of plant protectants for disease control. Faced with this challenge, turfgrass managers are increasingly seeking additional control tools, focusing on non-chemical and cultural methods to reduce disease incidence.
Presented by Dr John Dempsey, Independent Turfgrass Research
Dr John Dempsey
John began greenkeeping in the 1980’s and was Superintendent of Ireland’s oldest golf course –The Royal Curragh from 1993 to 2019. He has always had a keen interest in sportsturf education and has undertaken courses beginning with basic greenkeeping at the Botanic gardens in Dublin to a 1st class Honours Degree in Turfgrass science at Myerscough College in the UK. He completed his PhD in Turfgrass pathology in 2016 with the Centre for Research in Biosciences at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
John has conducted independent research on turfgrass disease management for the past 10 years, covering extensively the subject Microdochium nivale infection of turfgrasses, turfgrass responses to infection and the effect of phosphite treatments on disease suppression, turfgrass growth and quality. He has presented the results of his research at numerous conferences and seminars in Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Norway, USA, Canada, Sweden and at Continue to Learn in Harrogate.