Watch the interview to hear Dr. Soldat’s and Dr. Serena’s perspectives on a range of topics, including:
- Turfgrass industry scope and breakdown of research approaches
- Regional trends with water conservation (arid southwest vs. humid midwestern USA)
- Collaboration with associations, industry, and end-users
- Education for the future generation of green industry professionals
- The future of turfgrass
Dr. Serena’s research primarily takes place in Riverside, CA, where a multidisciplinary team is researching turfgrass breeding, pest control, and water management. Dr. Serena oversees the water conservation and salinity management program, studying the reduction of water use in turfgrass systems.
Dr. Soldat’s research program is based in Madison, WI, and his team’s projects span a broad range of topics, including soil fertility, water management, and turfgrass growth modeling. The unifying theme of his program is helping people make better decisions based on data, including interpreting weather conditions and soil and water properties.
For more information, please visit http://turfgrass.ucr.edu/ and http://www.turf.wisc.edu/.