Native Grasses as an Alternative to Turfgrasses in Out-of-Play Areas on Golf Courses

By Gerald S. Burgner, MLA and Danesha Seth Carley, PhD, NC State University

In the past few years, turfgrass researchers have been interested in native grasses as a replacement for some managed turfgrass areas. Traditional turfgrasses generally require more resources, especially on home lawns and golf courses. Typically, native grasses require less fertilization, are more drought tolerant, and are more disease and insect resistant. Severe droughts over the past few years have increased the public’s awareness of and requests for low-input turf-type grasses. Fortunately, continued breeding and wider-spread use of native grasses have led to the production of high quality native grasses that can stand up to the expectations of golf course superintendents and homeowners. Continue reading

Addressing Aquatic Invasive Species webinar

Green Teacher’s upcoming webinars are an interactive way for educators to continue learning about key environmental topics. Our professional development webinar series features some of the most important thinkers in the field of environmental education addressing vital and relevant topics. Continue reading

Study Provides More Evidence Irish Potato Famine-Causing Pathogen Originated in South America

In NC State News

by Mick Kulikowski, NC State University

Research from North Carolina State University provides further evidence that the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s likely originated in the Andes region of South America.

Using a robust data set, NC State plant pathologist Jean Ristaino and colleagues Mike Martin from the University of California, Berkeley and Tom Gilbert from the University of Copenhagen used whole genome DNA samples to study various strains of Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen responsible for the Irish potato famine and a major cause of late-blight disease on potato and tomato plants around the world.

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EPA and Dow AgroSciences will work together on sulfoxaflor registration

Dow AgroSciences says it expects the Environmental Protection Agency will “readily and thoroughly” address the concerns that have led to a cancellation notice for Transform and other Sulfoxaflor-containing products extensively used by cotton and grain sorghum producers.

The cancellation notice came in response to a Sept. 10 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling vacating product registrations for sulfoxaflor. The court cited studies on the effect of sulfoxaflor on pollinators that were not completed before registrations were issued by EPA.

“As a result of the extensive data currently available on sulfoxaflor, Dow AgroSciences expects the pollinator protection concerns expressed in a recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to be readily and thoroughly addressed by EPA through further review of scientific data,” the company said in a press release. Continue reading

Don’t let mice and rats ruin your holiday

From the November Arizona Pest Management newsletter

There are many species of rodents, including ground squirrels, rock squirrels, chipmunks, muskrats, beavers, prairie dogs, gophers, packrats, roof rats and a variety of different mice. But do you know that rats and mice are considered the most successful mammals on Earth? In natural environments native rodents play an important role in the health of the environment, and are a major source of food for many predators and scavengers, including hawks, fox, bobcats, coyotes, snakes and even wolves. Continue reading