Controlling Turfgrass Pests

Controlling Turfgrass Pests

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For courses in Turfgrass Maintenance, Landscape Architecture, Turfgrass Pathology, and Economic Entomology.

This book is an up-to-date account of the current state of the art and science of turfgrass pest management. It is designed to serve as either a basic text for college students or a comprehensive reference for the professional turfgrass manager, including golf course superintendents, lawn care company personnel, park and cemetery officials, those responsible for maintaining turf on sports fields, airports, and along highways, seed and sod growers, and landscapers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 654 pages
  • 175.26 x 233.68 x 35.56mm | 1,088.62g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0130981435
  • 9780130981431

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This long-awaited revision of Controlling Turfgrass Pests provides readers with a practical and direct approach to learning about turfgrass culture and management. The new edition has been updated to include new scientific pest information, biological control options, and information on the availability of insecticides.

Other features of the third edition include: New information on application of pesticides Icons that help the reader quickly locate information on integrated pest management (IPM) Information on how to calibrate all types of sprayers
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Table of contents

1. Introduction.

2. Maintenance of Turfgrasses.

3. Abiotic Turfgrass Problems.

4. Biology and Management of Weeds in Turfgrasses.

5. Biology and Management of Diseases in Turfgrasses.

6. Biology and Control of Insects and Related Pests of Turfgrass.

7. Application Equipment and the Safe Use of Pesticides.

8. Calibrating Equipment.

Appendix A: Measurements and Conversions.

Appendix B: Calculating Land Areas.

Appendix C: Land-Grant Institutions and Agricultural Experiment Stations in the United States.

Appendix D: Key to turfgrass Weeds.


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About Malcolm C. Shurtleff

Thomas W. Fermanian is an Associate Professor of Turfgrass Science in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Fermanian received a Ph.D. in turfgrass science at Oklahoma State University in 1980. He then accepted a position in the department of Horticulture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Fermanian has remained at the University of Illinois for 21 years and is currently an associate professor in the department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Fermanian has developed several knowledge engineering and qualitative data analysis tools for agriculture, along with computer-based turfgrass management systems. One of these programs, AgAssistant, was used to build the weed i0entification key. In addition to his interests in computing systems and programming, his major work is in lowinput, site-specific management of turfgrass weeds and the use of plant-growth-regulating compounds on fine turfs. Malcolm C. Shurtleff received his B.S. in biology from the University of Rhode Island in 1943 and his M.S. (1950) and Ph.D. (1953) in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota. He is now an Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Illinois, where he resided on the faculty from 1961 to 1992. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Dr. Shurtleff taught plant disease control and diseases of turfgrasses and ornamentals and was an extension plant pathologist in Rhode Island, Iowa, and Illinois for 42 years, handling all types of plant disease problems. He is the author of 9 books, 16 encyclopedia articles, 393 magazine articles, and 1,651 extension and research articles on plant diseases. Dr. Shurtleff has been honored nationally by being accorded Fellow status by the American Phytopathological Society, given the Adventurers in Agricultural Science Award of Distinction by the International Congress of Plant Protection, and the Distinguished Service Award from the USDA. Roscoe Randell is an internationally recognized entomologist who recently retired after more than 35 years of service to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Randell began his public service as a county extension adviser and continued to work directly with turf managers, diagnosing insect problems, throughout his career. In 1985, Dr. Randell received the Illinois Turfgrass Foundation's Distinguished Service Award. Henry T. Wilkinson has researched and taught turfgrass pathology at the University of Illinois for over 19 years. He has discovered numerous new turf diseases in both cool- and warm-season grasses and has solved pathological problems in many different parts of the world. His main pathological expertise is in soil-borne pathogens of turfgrass. He was raised in Princeton, New Jersey. He graduated from Purdue University (B.S.) and Cornell University (M.S. and Ph.D.) and studied as a postdoctoral fellow at Washington State University. Philip L. Nixon is an Extension Entomologist for the University of Illinois. After being located in the Chicago area from 1980 to 1987, he moved to his present position at the Champaign-Urbana campus. He advises and teaches turfgrass professionals on proper insect pest management and conducts research on turfgrass insects. He also is a coordinator for the Pesticide Applicator Training Program at the University of Illinois. Dr. Nixon has advanced degrees from Southern Illinois University and Kansas State University.
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