Research Highlights



Digital Camera Analysis – Using a digital camera with a light box designed to create a lighting situation and distance from the grass that is unchanging, pictures are analyzed by a computer to remove subjectivity of raters. Current ratings are taken on a 1-9 scale which are subject to the raters likes and dislikes. Digital camera analysis has been used to monitor the drought affects in the rainout shelter and turf trials with much greater objectivity.

Red thread in turf.

Pythium growing in a laboratory tube.

Diseases – Three diseases are being studied in a lab environment; pythium, red thread, and brown patch. Three growth chambers have been programmed for the correct environment of each disease. Plants are placed inside and then inoculated to find survivors. Please click here for more disease information.


Gray leaf spot active in laboratory tube.

Turf ravaged by gray leaf spot. (NewJersey)


Gray Leaf Spot – Gray leaf spot resistant cultivars were originally selected in the laboratory. Recently, severe infections in the field have allowed NexGen Turf Research to produce superior gray leaf spot resistant cultivars. Visit the disease page for gray leaf spot data.

Arrows indicate rhizomes on Tall Fescue. Rhizomes are a horizontal underground modified stem which assists in filling in damaged areas. Rhizomes are found in many species of grasses. Frequently rhizomes are found on NexGen Turf Research cultivars of tall fescue.

Applying wear to a trial.

Wear Resistance – Studies are underway to create varieties that are more wear resistant. NexGen Turf Research will select for cultivars that persist better when utilized under sports field conditions.