WERA_OLD011: Western Regional Turfgrass Research
Statement of Issues and JustificationUrbanization is a global trend. Accompanying this growth and development is a rapid increase in the area of turfgrass, such as home lawns, commercial landscapes, parks, golf courses, recreational facilities, and other greenbelts. There is great demand for research information on turfgrass irrigation management, techniques of turfgrass culture, environmental impacts, and new turf cultivars. Since the formation in 1972, the WCC-11 committee (Turfgrass Research Committee of the Western United States) has been a valuable vehicle to discuss current and future research trends, to cooperate research projects pertinent to the changing demographics and increasing resource limitations in the western US, and to reduce duplicative research. The committee has been very successful in assuring the complementarities of research by individuals of diverse specialties, working under the varied environmental conditions of the region. The goal of WCC-11 is to foster exchange of information of current research and extension activities and to promote cooperative efforts among turf programs in the region. The WCC-11 has active and positive influence on the Western Region of the United States, nationally and internationally.
The overall objectives are the same as previous submission. The reasons are two-fold. First, the goals are written broadly so that they are relevant to issues most important to the turf industry in the western US. The drier than average climates during the past several years have heightened the issues such as water resource limitations and environmental stresses in the western US; long-term research in these aspects is necessary. Secondly, with the rapid influx of new turf species and cultivars, information about efficient cultural practices and pest controls should be a dynamic and continuous process. Considering the broad objectives, we supplemented with more specific tasks for progress evaluation.
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