Sunday 1st July

6.00-8.00 pm

Registration and Poster Placement

Monday 2nd July

8.30-9.15 am

Registration and Poster Placement

9.15-9.30 am

Convener and ETS Board Welcome

9.30 am - 11.00 am

Session 1: Agronomy & Turfgrass Management
Keynote Speaker: Steve Isaac – Director Sustainability – The R&A

Bruno HedlundMultifunctional activities on Nordic golf facilities – a survey

Christian Spring: Use of deep linear sand injection on water retention and movement in a natural soil golf green

Hui ChenLeaf bruising of fine fescues subjected to wear during three seasons

Jay McCurdy: Pre-emergence herbicide effects on hybrid Bermuda grass sprigged establishment and sod tensile strength

11.00-11.30 am



Session 2: Agronomy & Turfgrass Management 2


Clint MattoxRolling and Biological Control Products Affect Microdochium Patch Severity on an Annual Bluegrass Putting Green

Ben Pease: Nitrogen Rate and Growth Regulator Effects on Shaded Velvet and Creeping Bentgrasses

Zachary D Small: Control options for Juncus species in maintained turfgrass

Marina Usoltseva: Rolling reduces dollar spot on golf greens in Nordic countries



1.00-2.00 pm


2.00-4.00 pm

Session 3: Turfgrass Nutrition
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Micah Woods – Asian Turfgrass Center

Trygve S. AamlidEffect of soil amendments, fertilizer type and irrigation on turf quality and organic matter accumulation/thatch control on creeping bent grass greens

Carlos Guerrero: Use of organic composts to suppress soil diseases in turfgrass (Agrostis stolonifera)  

Mark Hunt: Uncovering the true role of phosphite within the grass plant

Alec Kowalewski: Effects of Winter Nitrogen, Phosphate, and Potassium Rates on Microdochium Patch


4.00-4.30 pm


4.30-6.00 pm

Session 4: Turfgrasses

Francesca Baylis: Microbes can affect the size variability of grass populations

Joseph Doherty: Resident Seed and Soil Microbiota Influence the Juvenile Creeping Bentgrass Microbiome

Cristina Pornaro: Stolon Development in four turf-type Perennial Ryegrass Cultivars

Yanqi Wu: Molecular Identification and Characterization of Seeded Turf Bermudagrass Cultivars using SSR Markers



Professor Chen Yanjun & Dr Yan Sun – China Agricultural University


6.00pm Close

7.00-8.30 pm

Welcome Cocktail

Tuesday 3rd July

9.00 am - 11.00 am

Session 5: Diseases
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Ruth Mann – Head of Research – STRI

Trygve S Aamlid: Evaluation of Civitas One™, alone or in combination with fungicides and potassium phosphite, for control of Microdochium nivale on Nordic golf greens

Ryan Gourlie: Resistance to the demethylation inhibitor (DMI) Propiconazole in candian populations of Microdochium nivale

Tatsiana Espevig: The effect of temperature on the in vitro growth rate of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa isolates of different origin

Geuhwa Jung: Managing Strategies of a Sclerotinia homoeocarpa population with multiple fungicides resistance



11.00-11.30 am


11.30 am - 1.00 pm

Session 6: Turfgrass Diseases 2

Trygve S Aamlid: Resistance to Microdochium nivale and abiotic damage as affected by  CIVITAS ONE in a selection of creeping bentgrass cultivars

Jonathan Knowles: Responses of an Epichloë festucae var. lolii-Infected Lolium perenne To Laetisaria fuciformis (Red Thread)

Matt Rudland: Variation in Dollar spot epidemics, and residual efficacy of propiconazole

R.V Townsend: Dollar spot severity and oxalic acid production affected by nitrogen fertilization in creeping bentgrass


1.00-2.00 pm


2.00-4.00 pm

Session 7: Turfgrass Nutrition 2
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Mike Richardson – University of Arkansas

Trygve S Aamlid: A comparison of mineral fertilizers and fertilizers based on amino acids for turfgrass establishment on sand-based putting greens

Travis W Shaddox: Iron fertilizer solubility in soils managed for golf course fairways

Tatsiana Espevig: Effect of nitrogen in late autumn on Microdochium patch on Nordic golf greens

James A Murphy: Potassium Sufficiency for Annual Bluegrass Turf Affected by Anthracnose

4.00-4.30 pm


4.30-6.00 pm

Session 8: Turfgrass Irrigation

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Tom Young – Research Manager STRI


Jerry W. KnoxSimulated impacts of irrigation system performance and management on turfgrass under northern European climate conditions

Bernd Leinauer: Combining Trinexapac-Ethyl with a Soil Surfactant Reduces Bermudagrass Irrigation Requirements 

Marco Schiavon: Evaluation of Products to Alleviate Irrigation Salinity Stress on Bermudagrass Turf


5.30-6.00 pm

SPONSOR Presentations


6.00pm: Conference Close





6.30-7.30 pm

ETS General Assembly

8.30 pm
  • Conference Dinner
  • European Turfgrass Society 6th Research Conference Dinner Menu
  • 3rd July 2018


  • Poached chicken salad with Crispy bacon, egg, mustard dressing
  • Cream of vegetable soup with Thyme croutons (V)
  • Goat’s cheese with Heritage beetroot, basil (V)


  • Chicken Supreme with Pancetta, leeks , roast shallots Thyme and Sea Salt Roast & Carrots in honey, butter, parsley
  • Low & slow short rib of beef with Crispy onions, Thyme and Sea Salt Roast potatoes and Savoy cabbage with Pancetta
  • Tagliatelle, Pecorino, sun-blushed tomato, basil (V)


  • Sticky toffee pudding with Vanilla ice cream
  • Blueberry cheesecake with Blueberry Coulis
  • Dark chocolate tart with Orange crème Anglais

Wednesday 4th July


European Turfgrass Society 6th Research Conference

 Manchester, UK. 2-4th July 2018


Technical Tour 4 July 2018

Delegates attending the Conference will have the opportunity to see some of the leading sporting and research facilities in the world. From surfaces for international football, leading turf grass research and some of the most sophisticated turf management and renovation machinery currently available. The tour will include a full itinerary of guided visits and access to:


Manchester City Football Club (City Football Academy)

Manchester City Football Club was founded in 1880 and is based now at the City of Manchester Stadium in east Manchester which it moved to in 2003. After regaining Premier League status in the early 2000s, Manchester City was purchased in 2008 by Abu Dhabi United Group for £210 million and have received considerable investment in both players and facilities. Today they are one of the largest football clubs in the world are the current Premier League Champions.

The club’s training ground, known as City Football Academy (CFA) has facilities for training from junior and community levels up to the 1st team. It also includes the stadium for the Ladies 1st team. The surfaces comprise a range of different construction types for grass pitches and also synthetic pitches both indoor and outdoor.

Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI)

The Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) is a global design and consultancy specialist for the development of elite standard sports surfaces. Providing advice and expertise on the research, design, construction and management of both natural and artificial sports fields of play across the world. STRI was established in the UK in 1929, and now operates globally out of three research and design hubs in United Kingdom, Qatar and Australia, servicing over 2,000 clients annually. STRI clients include some of the world’s most iconic sports venues, international tournaments, sports governing bodies, sports club owners and facilities managers, local authorities and schools. The headquarters and research grounds of the STRI is in St Ive’s, near to Bingley in West Yorkshire.

Campey Turf Care Systems

Campey Turfcare Systems was established in 1986 by Richard Campey. Richard detected an untapped market need, he realised that there was a role for a specialist supplier of high quality purpose built equipment that would enable turf managers to meet the increased demands placed on modern sports turf surfaces. What initially started out as business offering sports turf maintenance work within the North West of the United Kingdom, has now grown to be one of the leading UK’s independent distributors, with machinery available throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA.


08:45am Depart from Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel, Blackfriars Street, ME 2EQ.

10.30am Sports Turf Research Institute - (St Ives Estate, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 1AU) Light lunch at STRI

2.00pm Manchester City Football Club (City Football Academy) - (Academy Stadium, Etihad Campus,North Gate, 400 Ashton New Road,Manchester M11 4TQ)

5.00pm Campey Turfcare Systems - Marton Hall Lane, Marton, Macclesfield, Cheshire. UK. SK11 9HG. Followed by a evening BBQ

7.30ish - Return to Hotel- Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel, Blackfriars Street, ME 2EQ.

Keynote Speaker Biographies

Dr. Mike Richardson

Dr. Mike Richardson

Dr. Mike Richardson is a professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Arkansas, where his research has focused on cultural practices that impact cool- and warm-season turfgrass production in the transition zone. In addition, he has been actively involved with research to screen and develop new turfgrass for a wide range of turfgrass environments. Dr. Richardson has received numerous awards for his research, including being named a Fellow in both the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.

Dr. Micah Woods

Dr. Micah Woods

Micah Woods is the chief scientist of the Asian Turfgrass Center which he established in Thailand in 2006. Prior to that, he obtained his B.Sc. in horticulture from Oregon State University, was a golf course superintendent in China and Japan, and then got a Ph.D. in horticulture at Cornell University. He is the co-developer of the MLSN soil nutrient guidelines for turfgrass. Micah is also the author of two books: A Short Grammar of Greenkeeping and of Turfgrass Science and Greenkeeping. He writes about turfgrass issues at

Steve Isaac - Director - Sustainability - The R&A

Steve Isaac - Director - Sustainability - The R&A

With an Honours Degree in Applied Biology, Steve joined STRI (Europe’s leading turfgrass research and agronomic consultancy) in 1985, before moving to The R&A in 2003. The R&A is the organiser of The Open, golf’s oldest and most international major championship.  Steve is responsible for The R&A’s advocacy of sustainability and for the formation of GreenLinks, The Open’s sustainability programme. Steve’s work has taken him to most European countries and to Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America and the USA.

Dr. Tom Young - Research Manager - STRI

Dr. Tom Young - Research Manager - STRI

Tom arrived at STRI in 2014 with a PhD in Biological Sciences, specialising in the optimisation of green roof substrate for sustainable plant growth and specific service provision. His current role at STRI involves supervising research projects, overseeing drone flight operations, and managing STRI’s green roof substrate consultancy and substrate testing service.

DR. Ruth Mann - Head of Research - STRI

DR. Ruth Mann - Head of Research - STRI

Ruth’s science career began by studying BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Sciences at the University of Ulster before progressing to a MSc. in Crop Protection at Scottish Agricultural College. After completion of a Plant Pathology PhD at Harper Adams University College, Ruth joined the forage grass testing section of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland. Ruth's career at STRI started in 2001 when she became a turfgrass pathologist. She progressed to Head of Turfgrass Protection in 2008 and became Head of Research in 2013.


I am/we are:

  Registration deadline: 31st of May Registration after 31st of May Partecipants
ETS/ETP Members 580,00€ 680,00€
Non-ETS/ETP Members 680,00€ 780,00€
Students 190,00€ 190,00€

You are not ETS Member? Become a member now!

Full registration includes:
Access to Conference, access to technical tour, coffee breaks, buffet lunches, bus transportation and lunch during the technical tour, Conference bag (bag, notepad, pen, etc.).

For any info concerning fees and registration contact the ETS Conference 2018 Secretariat:

Online registrations are now closed.

Travel and accomodation info

Renaissance Manchester City Hotel (book now)
Blackfriars Street
Manchester, England M3 2EQ United Kingdom
Venue of the Conference

Agreed room prices for the 6th ETS Conference:

Double single occupancy Bed & Breakfast
Sunday to Wednesday night: £119

  • Area Airports
  • Other Transportation

Manchester Airport – MAN
Airport Phone: +44 871 2710711
Hotel direction: 9.1 miles NE
Bus service, fee: 8 GBP  (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: 25 GBP  (one way)

Liverpool John Lennon Airport – LPL
Airport Phone: +44 871 5218484
Hotel direction: 32.8 miles NW
Estimated taxi fare: 60 GBP  (one way)

Leeds Bradford Airport – LBA
Airport Phone: +44 871 2882288
Hotel direction: 45.5 miles NE
Bus service, fee: 25 GBP  (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: 80 GBP  (one way)

Other Hotel Nearby:

  • The Mitre Hotel in Manchester.1-3 Cathedral Gates. Manchester. M31SW. (
  • Travel Lodge. Blackfriars Street. Manchester. M35AL. (
  • Premier Inn. North Tower Victoria Bridge Street. Manchester. M35AS (

Travel info:
Thanks to an integrated transport network Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK for both national and international visitors.

There are three main stations in the city centre: Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. With direct rail services from across the country, getting here is easy. Operators include: Transpennine Express, CrossCountry Trains, Great Western Railway, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains. Train journey times from:

  • London – 2hrs 7mins
  • Edinburgh – 3hrs 15mins
  • Birmingham – 1hr 28mins

National Express and Megabus provide services from all over the country into Chorlton Street Coach Station in the heart of the city centre.

Manchester is well connected to the rest of the UK via excellent motorway links. The M60 ring road connects the city to motorways north, south east and west.

Manchester Airport
With three terminals handling over 22m passengers each year, Manchester Airport is the global gateway to the North of England, and the third largest airport in the UK. More than 60 airlines ensure Manchester is directly connected to over 200 destinations around the world including the new direct routes for 2017, San Francisco and Boston. Manchester Airport offers a whole host of facilities and services to help ensure hassle-free travel. These include tax and duty free savings, free WiFi for up to 60 minutes and Escape Lounges in all three terminals. Manchester Airport offers excellent connections to the city centre and beyond with both a regional railway station and Metrolink station onsite.


Dr Claudia de Bertoldi
ETS Secretary
European Turfgrass Society
Via Quintarello 12/A
36050 Quinto Vicentino (VI) – Italy
Tel: +39 (0) 586 169 00 97 – email:

Dr Stewart Brown
Senior Lecturer – Sportsturf Agronomy
Myerscough College
Preston, Lancashire, PR3 0RY
Tel: +44 (0) 1995 642305 – email:

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