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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Turf & Ornamentals

Our turfgrass research focus and efforts are on identifying turfgrasses or management practices which allow turfgrasses to be managed with reduced inputs of water, fertilizer, and pesticides.

Our ornamentals research focus and efforts are on production methods that improve grower efficiency while reducing inputs and identifying plant materials with superior adaptability for the Kansas climate. We have a strong team working with alternative substrates and water and nutrient management in soilless mixes.

Check out the research focus of our faculty members listed to the right.

Recent Publications

Recent Publications of our Turf & Ornamentals Faculty and Graduate Students

Peterson, K.W., D.J. Bremer, and J.M. Blonquist Jr. 2017. Estimating transpiration from turfgrass using stomatal conductance values derived from infrared thermometry. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. 13:113-118. doi: 10.2134/itsrj2016.09.0788

Peterson, K.W., D.J. Bremer, K. B. Shonkwiler, and J.M. Ham. 2017. Measurement of evapotranspiration in turfgrass: A comparison of techniques. Agron. J.
109: 2190-2198.

Barden, C., C.R. Boyer, B. Morales, L. Fisher. 2017. Promoting red elm (Ulmus rubra Muhl.) germination with gibberel lic acid. J. of Forestry 115:393-396.

C.T. Miller, K. Snyder, and M.P. Bridgen. The 2017 National Floriculture Form: Engaging Young People in the Industry. HortTechnology. 27(6):754-756. KAES#: 18-158-J

Braun, R.C., J.D. Fry, M.M. Kennelly, D.J. Bremer, and J. Griffin. 2017. Single and sequential colorant application effects on buffalograss and zoysiagrass color during dormancy. HorTechnology 27(3):1-6.


Cheryl Boyer
Ornamental nursery crop production

Dale Bremer
Water conservation, trace-gas fluxes, and turfgrasses

Jack Fry

Jason Griffin
Landscape plants

Steve Keeley
Turfgrass management

Chad Miller
Ornamental horticulture

Kim Williams
Water and nutrient management for floriculture crops

More information on our graduate program...