Advancing Knowledge Through Turfgrass Center Research – Martin

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The ground pearl is a subterranean scale insect that infests the roots of turfgrasses and is of major concern to turf managers in the southern US. There is limited information for how ground pearls can be controlled in turf by any management strategy or pesticide. All of the available research suggests that no pesticides or other chemicals are recommended for control of ground pearls. In addition, there are no biological control management techniques currently available. Matt Martin is leading studies to characterize influential factors that impact insecticide efficacy on ground pearls. For more information contact Matt Martin (

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