Seminar 2: Can Beneficial MIcrobes be used to Combat Turfgrass Pests and Diseases?


This seminar will look at the latest soil microbiological research at Royal Holloway, including experiments designed to address whether beneficial microbes can be used to combat turfgrass pest and disease problems. Using data from experiments, it will investigate whether certain microbes (biostimulants) can be used to reduce the incidence of Microdochium nivale and root‐feeding nematodes. Such microbes need to be compatible with existing management practices and this seminar will examine whether these practices themselves have a detrimental or beneficial effect on the biostimulants.

Learning Outcomes:

• How microbes may influence pest and disease outbreaks 

• When and when not to apply certain beneficial microbes

• The concept of Integrated Pest Management

Presented by Alan Gange, Professor of Microbial Ecology, Francesca Baylis and Tamsin Williams, PhD Students, Royal Holloway, University of London

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