June 2017

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28 SportsTurf | June 2017 T he 13th International Turfgrass Research Conference (ITRC) will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick, NJ July 16-21. These meetings are held only once every 4 years. The theme for the International Turfgrass Society (ITS) event is "Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Environment." This theme was chosen for the 2017 conference because it refl ects the tremendous impact that the environment has had and continues to have on our personal and professional lives. From the changing climate, to the changing regulatory environment for pesticides and fertilizers, and the rapid technological changes in molecular biology and other aspects of turfgrass science, the environment continues to affect the way we live and conduct turfgrass research. There will be a special Turfgrass Industry Session July 16 before an opening reception that night with a Mardi Gras theme. The reception is something that the entire family will want to attend and will feature a Dixieland band, jugglers, card tricks, and plenty of Mardi Gras beads. This is an opportunity to socialize and just sit back and enjoy a night of music, drinks and hors d'oeuvres. This will be followed by a week packed with educational and social opportunities that will allow you to re-engage with old friends and network with new acquaintances from all over the world. KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS Keynote addresses will be presented July 17 by internationally renowned scientists focusing on the conference theme, "Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Environment" Dr. Timothy Colmer (University of Western Australia) will discuss "Managing water use by warm-season turfgrasses in a drying climate." Dr. William Meyer (Rutgers University), will present "Breeding improved cool-season turfgrasses for stress tolerance and sustainability in a changing environment." Dr. Jerry Hatfi eld (National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Ames, IA) will talk about "Climate impacts on crops and turfgrass: Building effective adaptation strategies." Dr. Christine Hawkes (University of Texas at Austin) will discuss "Can the plant mycobiome serve as a tool for improving grass stress resistance?" Oral paper sessions will be held July 17-18 and July 20-21. Every effort will be made to limit the number of concurrent sessions. Each oral session will include an invited presentation, as well as volunteered presentations that fi t within the session theme/ category. Posters will be displayed July 17, 18 and 20 and, for the fi rst time at an ITRC, 1-minute, rapid (oral) summaries will be presented by poster authors before each poster session. To entice meeting attendees to meet poster authors and discuss their latest fi ndings, light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided at each poster session. A Student Competition will be held to showcase some of the exciting, cutting edge research that students are conducting. DR. JAMES WATSON CELEBRATION ITS will host an evening program July 17 highlighting the many contributions of Dr. James Watson, one of early leaders of ITS and a pioneer in the turfgrass industry. Come listen to Dr. James Beard, President and Chief Scientist of the International Sports Turf Institute, Inc., Dr. Paul Rieke, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University, and others refl ect on Dr. Watson's accomplishments and the founding of ITS, and socialize with other attendees at the reception that follows this special event. The last day of the conference will include oral presentations and a Zoysiagrass Symposium Friday morning, showcasing invited speakers who will give a world-wide perspective on this important and underutilized turfgrass species. TECHNICAL TOURS A full day of technical tours is planned for Wednesday, July 19, highlighting the extraordinary range of turf venues in the New Jersey/New York City region. There are six tours from which to choose: ■ The United States Golf Association Museum/Testing Facility and Baltusrol Golf Club (the host location for the 2016 PGA Championship). ■ The Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer team, and Bayonne Golf Course, called "the most audacious golf course in the world" by Sports Illustrated magazine. TURFGRASS RESEARCH CONFERENCE INTERNATIONAL TURFGRASS RESEARCH CONFERENCE IS NEXT MONTH AT RUTGERS ■ BY DR. BRUCE CLARKE

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