What are ERI Fungi?

Stressful turfgrass conditions lead to numerous maladies, many of which are sent to plant disease clinics to be identified.  One diagnosis that causes confusion is the presence of ectotrophic root-infecting (ERI) fungi.  These fungi are often associated with root rotting diseases that produce patch-like symptoms. 

The Value of a Certificate

Are you someone who enjoys being outdoors? Do you have a passion for sports and science? Then you may consider a career in Turfgrass Science. This exciting career path will teach you all about Turfgrass science and management of all different sports settings.


Often in Turf Management we get asked about the difference in Associate, Bachelor, and Certificate programs. A good place to start would in your college journey would to decide which one of these programs is the right pick for you.



Anthracnose is a serious disease of Annual bluegrass (Poa annua L.)and Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera).  The pathogen now known as Colletotrichum cereale, was formerly known as Colletotrichum graminicola.  Although related to some degree anthracnose is associated as either a foliar blight or a basal rot.


Foliar Blight


Pythium Blight

Pythium blight is historically one of the most devastating diseases of turf.  It occurs during hot, humid conditions of summer and can attack both cool and warm season turfgrasses.  For us creeping bentgrass, annual bluegrass and perennial ryegrass are the most susceptible.  Symptoms often appear in low-lying areas or along drain lines.  The disease often produces a white mycelium during the early mornings and the initial symptoms appear grayish color.