Drs. Miller and Milla-Lewis will work with Dr. Kevin Kenworthy of the University of Florida in conjunction with scientists at Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and the University of Georgia to further test warm season turfgrasses for their water requirements and ability to persist under long-term drought conditions.
"Our newly funded project will involve input from turfgrass breeders, plant physiologists, turfgrass management specialists, turfgrass Extension specialists, economists and statisticians, and it will provide information relative to these advanced lines for their sod and weed management practices," Kenworthy said. "A significant component of the project will involve Extension efforts to learn more about what the industry understands regarding drought responses of turf, what traits are most important to end users and the development of educational tools to inform the industry about new drought-resistant turfgrasses that may become commercially available from this project."
NC State Crop Science Department's Dr. Grady Miller and Dr. Susana Milla-Lewis are part of a turf research team to receive $4.4 million to study drought resistance in warm season turfgrasses. The grants were announced Oct. 5 by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Congratulations to our NC State turfgrass researchers, Dr. Susana Milla-Lewis and Dr. Grady Miller!