Bayer Environmental Science Sponsors 10th Annual Disease Seminar

Forty university researchers and plant pathologists recently attended the tenth annual Turfgrass Disease Seminar, sponsored by the Bayer Environmental Science/Chipco Professional Products Group in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Researchers met to discuss topics relevant to disease control and turf management. Discussions covered a wide variety of issues, including basal rot anthracnose management, QoI resistance management, bacterial wilt of Poa annua, silicon and gray leaf spot in St. Augustinegrass, and designing fungicide programs for tees, greens and fairways. The presenters suggested all topics covered.

At this meeting, researchers were able to share their findings, learn about research being conducted by their colleagues and take away information to help them further their research endeavors.

“The meeting is designed as a noncommercial summit, providing researchers with an unbiased forum to discuss their research with colleagues,“ says Eric Kalasz, brand manager, fungicides, for Bayer Environmental Science. “This seminar generates a lot of discussion and ideas each year. It is one of the few times the researchers can get together to candidly share their findings.”

The first seminar, held in 1994 in Cleveland, Ohio, started as a summer bentgrass decline forum. However, the meeting evolved into a more academically focused seminar, allowing researchers to cover a variety of current topics each year. The seminar has become a favorite annual event of turfgrass disease researchers and plant pathologists.

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