Opening Session

Industry Update From 2022 STMA President

James Bergdoll, STMA President

Keynote Speaker

Pete Smith

Dr. Joseph Roberts

Rescue Rooter:  Approaches to Managing Root Pathogens in you Field

Turfgrasses are subject to a myriad of pathogenic organisms that can infect at various times of the year. While many foliar disease issues can be easily spotted in the early stages of development, root pest are more difficult as the symptoms may not be observed until the root system has been compromised. This seminar will provide a basic introduction to common root issues impacting sport fields in the Southeastern U.S., including both fungal and nematode pests. Attendees will become familiar with recognizing these issues and look at both cultural and chemical management tools for specific pests.

Joseph Roberts, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University.  Joe earned  bachelors degrees in Biology and Chemistry from North Carolina State University, a master’s in Plant Biology and Pathology from Rutgers University, and his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from North Carolina State University.  Joe’s research and extension program focuses on innovative methods to combat pathogens that impact both cool and warm season turfgrass species.

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