Dr. Murphy conducts extension and research programs on identifying best management practices for turfgrasses grown in the metropolitan region around New Jersey. His work often focuses on developing a better understanding of turfgrass response to soil-related stresses.
His program currently focuses on evaluating the traffic tolerance of tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass used for sports turf as well as velvet bentgrass used for golf turf. The results from these trials are provided to sports field managers, sod producers, and seed distributors so that industry is using best adapted and improved varieties.
Jim also conducts a research project that is developing best management practices for control of anthracnose on annual bluegrass turf, a devastating disease on golf course turf. Findings are improving the ability of golf course superintendents to suppress this disease using non-pesticide techniques.
Photos (L to R): Compacting tall fescue cultivars in a traffic trial; Application of a granular fertilizer treatment to annual bluegrass turf; Comparing simulated wear with actual foot traffic on ‘Greenwich’ velvet bentgrass.
Dr. James A. Murphy
Department of Plant Biology and Pathology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
59 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8520
732-932-9711, Ext. 129