Roberts, Latin to Headline NTA Conference

Dr. Joseph Roberts of Clemson University and Dr. Richard Latin of Purdue University will be the two visiting educational speakers for the 74th annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, set for Oct. 27-29 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon.

Dr. Roberts is a professor of turfgrass pathology in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department at Clemson after receiving his masters at Rutgers and his doctorate at North Carolina State.

His two presentations will be “Turf Pathogenic Nematodes 101: Diagnosis, Detection and Management” and “Introduction to the Turfgrass Microbiome and the Impact on Disease.”

Dr. Latin is an emeritus professor of plant pathology at Purdue, where he was a member of the faculty for 37 years. He’s now an academic and industry consultant living in Pinehurst, N.C. Dr. Latin’s research focused on factors that influence fungicide performance, fungicide-resistance in turf pathogens, and weather-based systems for scheduling fungicide applications. He was the recipient of the GCSAA’s John Morley Distinguished Career Award in 2018.

His two presentations will be “Fungicide Mobility in the Plant and Turf Profile” and “Fungicide Characteristics and Resistance Risk.”

Educational sessions will be held Thursday and Friday mornings of that week at Bandon Dunes, with golf to follow in the afternoon.

The registration rate is $860 per person, based on double occupancy, and $1,235 for those needing single occupancy at the resort at Bandon Dunes.

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