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Sports Turf Microbial Management Workshop

Posted on 17/12/2013

Royal Holloway hosted a pioneering research conference in December 2013.  Professor Alan Gange, Head of Biological Sciences, led the one day event to determine ‘the research needs of the sports turf industry in the light of pesticide reform’.

The event was very successful, and brought together over 60 researchers and representatives from the sports turf and amenity grass industries.  These included master greenkeepers; independent golf consultants; leading stadia groundsmen; companies specialising in turf care products; academics and representatives from prominent organisations such as Greenkeepers' Training Committee, Institute of Groundsmanship and The British and International Golf Greenkeepers' Association.

Professor Gange gave an introduction to turfgrass microbiology.  This was followed by guest speakers outlining current practices of sports turf microbial management; the impact of changing European plant and soil legislation and how biology is a key part of soil control when creating the perfect sports surface.  

Guest speakers were Professor John Moverley OBE FRAgS FIAgE, chairman of the Amenity Forum; Dr Andy Owen of Myerscough College; Christian Spring of the Sports Turf Research Institute; Steve Isaac Director of Golf Course Management for the Royal & Ancient Golf Course of St Andrews; and Greg Evans Master Greenkeeper consultant from Ealing Golf Course.

Lively participant discussions covered the questions ‘what we need to do?’ and ‘how we are going to do it?’.  Discussions were constructive and have enabled Royal Holloway to create a highly relevant research agenda for the future of the industry.

For more information please contact Alan Gange or Lorna Ravenhill


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