College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Plant Pathology


Turfgrasses serve many important functions in our society. They provide safe playing surfaces for athletic competitions and other recreational activities. They create beautiful open spaces surrounding our homes, businesses, and communities. They prevent soil erosion and help to keep our air and water clean. Turfgrasses are also an important part of North Carolina's economy, comprising a multi-billion dollar business annually. Diseases are some of the most damaging turfgrass pests. Eleven different grass species are grown for turf in North Carolina, and each grass has its own unique disease problems.

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More information about disease in turgrasses is available from the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic or Lane Tredway.