Turfgrass Research

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John Charles Sorochan
Distinguished Professor
Turfgrass biology

Thomas J. (Tom) Samples
Turfgrass science and management

Gregory K. (Greg) Breeden
Extension Assistant II
Turfgrass Weed Control

James T. (Jim) Brosnan
Associate Professor
Turfgrass Weed Science

Brandon Joseph Horvath
Associate Professor
Turf Pathologist

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

Turfgrass Weeds 
Turfgrass weed management recommendations and publications.

(2 mentions)

Weed Diagnostics Center 
Diagnostic testing for weeds of crop and non-crop systems including turfgrass, ornamentals, and utility rights of way.

(1 mention)

UTIA Greenhouses 
High tech facilities help support agricultural research


Statewide Turfgrass Impact Survey Underway, 12/16/2014



UTIA Faculty Spotlight | Dr. Jim Brosnan, 7/18/2017

Faculty 360 | Avat Shekoofa, 4/10/2017


(1 mention)

Weed Olympics 
We've had an Olympic competition here in Tennessee involving ... plants. More specifically, plants we don't like or want. It's called the 'Weed Olympics' on the UT agriculture campus.

(1 mention)

Astro Turf 
UT researchers team with AstroTurf for safer athletic fields.


Recent Publications

Evaluation of control options for Juncus species in maintained turfgrass.  Small, Z. D., J. D. McCurdy, J. T. Brosnan, and G. K. Breeden.  2018.  Proc. Southern Weed Science Society, (in press).

Controlling dinitroaniline resistant goosegrass in turfgrass Breeden, S. M., J. T. Brosnan, G. K. Breeden, J. J. Vargas, G. Eichberger, S. Tresch, and M. LaForest.  2017.  Weed Technology, 31:883-889.

The Insecticide and Miticide Mode of Action Field Guide: A resource to assist in managing arthropod pests of turfgrass and ornamental plants.  Chong, J. C., W. E. Klingeman, and F. A. Hale.  2017.  W 415, UT Extension, Clemson University, 75 pp.

Crabgrass spp. control in turfgrass with EH1579 and EH1580 containing Vexis.  Henry, G. M., K. A. Tucker, J. T. Brosnan, and G. K. Breeden.  2017.  Proc. Northeastern Plant Pest and Soils Conference, 2:96.

Turfgrass management in Tennessee. In: Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Handbook.  Samples, T. J., E. Bedwell, J. T. Brosnan, N. R. Bumgarner, F. A. Hale, B. Leigh, M. Mote, and A. S. Windham.  2017.  PB 1845-J, UT Extension Publication.

Chemical control options for Juncus species in maintained turfgrass Small, Z., J. D. McCurdy, J. T. Brosnan, G. K. Breeden, and M. Richard.  2017.  2017 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting [CD-ROM].

Field Observable Plant Health Characteristics of Creeping Bentgrass Affected by Strobilurin Fungicide Applications and Turfgrass Diseases.  Benelli, J. J., B. J. Horvath, J. T. Brosnan, and D. A. Kopsell.  2016.  Crop Science56:862-869.

Understanding how turfgrass herbicides work.  Breeden, G. K., J. T. Brosnan, and J. J. Vargas.  2016.  W352 - University of Tennessee Extension.

University of Tennessee Turfgrass & Ornamental Weed Science.  Brosnan, J. T., G. K. Breeden, J. J. Vargas, and D. F. Farnsworth.  2016.  Annual Research Report., pp. 1-115.

Interesting details about the Tennessee turfgrass industry from the 2015 survey report.  English, B. C., R. J. Menard, K. L. Jensen, C. Boyer, and J. T. Brosnan.  2016.  Tennessee Turfgrass, August/September, pp: 17-22.

Tennessee's Turfgrass Industry: Economic Contributions.  English, B. C., R. J. Menard, K. L. Jensen, C. Boyer, and J. T. Brosnan.  2016.  Tennessee Turfgrass, December 2016/January 2017. [Abstract]

Mitigation practices to effectively overseed into indaziflam-treated turfgrass areas.  Jeffries, M. D., T. W. Gannon, J. T. Brosnan, and G. K. Breeden.  2016.  Weed Technology, 30:154-162.